SkateMD - All Volunteers
SkateMD is a Northern California based non-profit 501c3 organization founded by Melanie Tillotson (the "M") and Andrea "Drea" Bibelheimer (the "D"). Inspired by each other's personal passions and contributions to at-risk and special needs children, Melanie and Drea joined forces as "partners in kind" with a mission to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional, or family challenges.
The SkateMD program was created in 2014 as our heartfelt response to a viral video of a hate crime against a teenage boy with Autism. As members of skateboarding families and strong advocates of kindness, Melanie and Drea set out to empower children with exercise, positive interactions, and fun while increasing tolerance, compassion, and support within the community.
Partnering with board members Erik Nielsen and Patrick Guild who share the same enthusiasm, we are able to provide one-on-one skateboard clinics in a safe and accepting environment for children ages 5-17 to experiment with skateboarding, to fine-tune existing skateboarding skills, or to just have fun. Our program pays special attention to the individual needs of our participants. Participant coordination is facilitated by our valued board member, Erik, who is also our volunteer licensed physical therapist; additional volunteer therapists are available at our clinics to support the volunteers and children.
About the Clinic
SkateMD will partner local children one-on-one with our volunteers to share kindness and our love of skateboarding in a safe and accepting environment. The clinic is an opportunity for children with special needs to experience a new way to practice their social and communication skills, build friendships and develop motor skills, balance and agility. We accept and encourage participation for children on all levels of the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities.
For more information, Contact Mel and Drea at [email protected] or visit our website www.skatemdhh.com
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10:00am - 1:30pm HST
StoneWave Skate Park, 65 Puna Rd., Pa'ia, Hawaii
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