Over the years, we have branched out to help those who struggle with addictions, sexual assault, and even just the challenges of daily life. Although #skatetofight is and always will be our name, we recognise that the core of why skateboarding helps us and those around us through life, is because of the passion behind it. Passions in general are one of greatest healing and strengthening powers to help us get through life.
We recently decided that it was time for us to step up our game in the fight against sexual assault, and so we introduce our new campaign: #skatetofight- Stand Against Sexual Assault
Our first installment of this project will be a video about our team rider, writer, and professional downhill skateboarder Candy Dungan. Candy is a skater from Colorado who rides for Seismic Skate, Hi5ber, Ridersfly, and Shred Rebels. She spent this last year traveling the world racing in the International Downhill Federation Would Circuit, and managed to come out of it with 5th place in the womens category! Candy is an increible person who has dedicated her life to empowering women, particularly those who have experienced sexual assault. She has written articles for Concrete Wave magazine and for us, and is actively doing her part for women and the skate community, by teaching girls to skate and empowering them through the power of a skateboard. She constantly is spreading the stoke, building the skateboarding community, and helping others along the way, and we are so incredibly grateful to have her as part of the team. To view Candy's full story, visit http://www.skatetofight.com/blog/welcome-to-the-team-candy-dungan-and-her-story .
In this video, Candy will talk about how skateboarding has helped her to heal and cope with the experiences she has had in her life, particularly with sexual assault. In this video we will be featuring her boyfriend and professional skater Aaron Hampshire. Anyone who is a part of the downhill skating community knows his name, but for those who don's, Aaron is also a downhill racer out of Colorado, and he managed to snag 3rd place in the IDF World Tour this year. Aaron won the Airing IDF World Cup in South Korea and even just yesterday he won the Soldiers of Downhill race in Ohio. In this video, Aaron will be discussing how men can raise their voices and stand taller against sexual assault. Far too often on this issue, men remain silent, don't fully understand the problem, or consider it to be a "women's issue," when in reality, it is a "men's issue" and a "human issue." This isn't just about women. It's about everyone.
#skatetofight's videos have reached nearly 200,000 people in the past, and we've recieved an overwhelming amount of messages from people worldwide telling us about the impact that we and our writers and riders have had on them. We attribute a large part of this success to Made in SLC Productions, who has handle both of our rider profile videos in the past. To see our last video done with Made in SLC, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tao70ir0BpA . Made in SLC is teaming up with us again for this project, and we are really going to go all out with it. With this video, we hope that we can spread the message even farther and have a truly profound impact on as many people as possible. We hope that with this video, and with this entire campaign, we will bring strength and a voice to those who have suffered from sexual assault, and that we can be a strength in their healing process. Thanks to Candy, Aaron, and our video producers, we know that we can bring out real change in the hearts of many, and we invite you to help us in this battle to Stand Against Sexual Assault.
Visit our kickstarter here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1688497715/skatetofight-stand-against-sexual-assault?ref=user_menu