Girls Riders Organization just announced the 4th annual GRO skateboarding tour, a nation-wide series of female-only action sports instructional programs and gatherings of female skaters committed to inspiring girls to participate in action sports and encouraging them to remain active to lead a healthy lifestyle.
On March 6, 2009 the GRO team begins a journey that will lead to over 70 cities in more than 40 states across the nation to mentor and coach females of all ages in skateboarding. The events consist of girl skate sessions, on-site demonstrations and hands-on training in a fun and safe environment. Through one-on-one interaction with top action sports instructors, each girl will come away from the program with the basic skills of the sport, increased confidence and ongoing opportunities in action sports.
“Skateboarding can be customized to fit anyone’s needs. Many people see the professionals through major televised events and decide that they are incapable of such feats. What we want to show is the other side of skating, the fun, the progression, the sessions and friends. That is the true heart of action sports,” says Courtney Payne Taylor, the organizations founder.
GRO will host over 50 events in 40 states as it embarks on its travels around the country. The workshops will run from March to November with stops in Indiana, Michigan, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Wisconsin among other places. At the end of August, the We Gro Skateboarding Tour will head from San Francisco to San Diego for the Action Sports Retail Show (ASR) and will wrap up in December at the Tampa Am in Florida.
All sessions and workshops are free but the organizers still need support so if you can, check them out and make a donation. For a complete list of clinics across the country and the latest updates and information, visit girlsriders.org. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you will need a parent or guardian present to sign you up.
For more info about Girls Riders Organization,and their efforts to change beliefs about girls and skateboarding check out this interview.