Life Rolls On Foundation (LRO) hosted the They Will Skate Again SHOE CITY Open on Saturday, June 25 at the Venice Skate Park in Venice Beach, CA. The day-long event included an adaptive skateboard clinic for quadriplegics, paraplegics and amputees; a professional skate exhibition; and adaptive skate contest featuring a prize purse of $10,000.
“They Will Skate Again” is a spin-off of Life Rolls On’s popular and award-winning adaptive surfing program “They Will Surf Again.” Through the platform of action sports, LRO helps individuals discover the limitless possibilities beyond paralysis. This is the second They Will Skate Again event hosted by Life Rolls On, which launched the program in March, 2010.
“We were stoked by the warm welcome we received from the skate community when we introduced They Will Skate Again last year,” said Jesse Billauer, Founder and Director of National Outreach for Life Rolls On. “Having SHOE CITY sponsor a competition, which allows athletes to compete like pros, takes this event to a whole new level. I’m excited that we can promote skating as a tool to demonstrate on how much one can accomplish despite disability.”
Participants in the They Will Skate Again SHOE CITY Open adaptive skate clinic will be treated to expert instruction by professional athletes Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham and Christiaan “Otter” Bailey, while professional skater and industry pioneer of the Dogtown Z-Boys Jim Muir will lead the coaching of adaptive stand-up skaters.