Bustin Boards, Kendall College of Art & Design & Rey Trucks are a presenting sponsors of the first ever State Games of Michigan Urban Downhill Skateboarding event – June 21, 2014. State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living among residents of the state of Michigan.
Downhill skateboarding has become a very popular style of skateboarding, but many communities face the challenge of providing safe spots to skate. Downhill skateboard events lead the way for the longboard community in providing a fun, interactive, relatively safe atmosphere to do what we do best – skate. Outlaw events are great but often get busted up by the law before they even get going. Sanctioned events are rad, but can be super expensive to pay for. State Games of Michigan accepted Downhill Skateboarding as their 40th event of their 5th annual Games, summer 2014.
An Urban Downhill event requires a lot of logistics, and cash flow – which is why we submitted for an events grant from the city. Downtown Grand Rapids. Without the support of the presenting sponsors & grants from the city – a $14,000 event is not possible. Today, the City of Grand Rapids, MI approved a $3000 grant to be spent on marketing & city costs. The Mayor was present and took a moment to say how awesome he thinks a downhill skateboard event will be in his city. #respect to Mayor George Heartwell!
The problem we face is the legality of skateboarding while downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. We hope the Urban Downhill sanctioned event will be the Trojan Horse promoting change. Think Forward toward a Greener Grand Rapids, Michigan – support a Green Commuter network.
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