“Homicides Way Up In 2007 – Most In 12 Years”. “Youth Violence Out Of Control”. “Violence Tears At The Fabric Of The City”. “Shooting Victim’s Friends Mourn”. These are headlines seen nearly every day in nearly every major newspaper and television news. Many people are trying to do something about it, but it is a difficult problem to deal with. One way to combat this is to create positive images and examples of people coming together and living together and living healthier lifestyles.
The Skate Against Violence Campaign is a three pronged effort to strongly raise awareness of the positive aspects inline skating and roller skating can bring to the lives of youth and to give young people a fun, healthy alternative they can enjoy. This may not end violence in the street, but it can have an enormous impact in the minds of young people who will benefit from the social interaction and the physical conditioning skating will bring into their lives.
WHAT IS THE SKATE AGAINST VIOLENCE
The Skate Against Violence Roadskate is a 450 mile skate-a-thon from San Francisco to Santa Monica. The event is a rolling anti-violence campaign that starts at San Francisco City Hall and rolls through San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, Visalia, Porterville, Bakersfield, Santa Monica and ends at the Santa Monica Pier
Teamwork, working together as one unit, is the focus of this event. There will be 12 skaters and 6 support people involved in the skate-a-thon. The skaters will be broken down into four (4) teams. Each team will skate for an hour, rotating skating duties every hour. The skate-a-thon will go nonstop 24 hours a day. We want to show camaraderie and working together to reach a common goal as an example to others while at the same time show that skaters can actually skate these distances.
PART 3 – SKATE AGAINST VIOLENCE ROADSKATE
PART 4 – 2008 SKATE AGAINST VIOLENCE ROADSKATE
There will be two RV’s and a van supporting the skaters. The skaters will skate in front of the R V’s. on the far right shoulder of the roadway. There will be signs on the vehicles explaining our mission and with the logo’s of our supporting companies
WHAT IS SKATEFIT CALIFORNIA
Obesity is an ever growing problem that can be measured by the waistlines of youth and adults alike. All across the age spectrum, people are getting fatter. Serious diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are on the rise. We must come up with innovative ways to help combat these growing trends. We must find ways to get people out to work that body and live a healthier lifestyle. Outdoor skating is a fantastic way to get a great workout while having a great time. C.O.R.A.has a program for youth and adults in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park where they get fit while having fun skating in the park.
The C.O.R.A. Skatefit Program is designed to introduce people to outdoor fitness and recreational skating and to provide a fitness challenge to other skaters looking to practice, train, lose weight or just have fun. The program is based on the President’s Challenge developed by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports. The challenge of the program is to make a commitment to physical fitness through active and regular participation in outdoor skating activities.
GETTING SKATES TO THE KIDS
We are setting up a situation where the public can bring in their old skates. They can be either blade skates or conventional rollerskates. These skates will be refurbished by replacing the wheels, bearings and laces. This will make the skates as good as new. The skates will be given to young people who can’t afford skates during the Christmas season. This is very important as we feel that this is a way to let youth that can’t afford a $200.00 pair of inline skates experience the joy skating.