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Pro Skateboarder Shows Big Brothers Big Sisters the Way

Danny Way and Littles from Kapa'a Elementary School!

Recently, pro skateboarder Danny Way helped lead a “Build-A-Board Workshop for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai’s site-based program at Kapa’a Elementary School. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua’i consists of a number of school-based mentoring programs, as well as a handful of community-based matches, as a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii.

Way, who splits his time between living in Encinitas, Calif. and the Eastside and North Shore part of Kauai, mentioned that he grew up around domestic violence, drugs and alcohol. Through his foundation, he works with local communities, using skateboarding as an outlet for children, giving them something to do to help them avoid risky behavior. 

Way and a few volunteers from a local skateboard shop, Kaua’i Skate Ohana, visited the site-based program at a local school, Kapaa Elementary, to teach the children a little bit about skateboarding, as well as how to put together a board of their own! At the end of the day, they each got to keep the boards they worked on.

Way and volunteers from Kaua'i Skate Ohana

This event was a part of a larger initiative being carried out by Way and his foundation to develop parks where children can skateboard, giving them something to do outside of the home, but in a safer environment than playing in the streets. There is a negative stigma attached to skate parks in the area, so Way and his team are trying to change that, to make skate parks a positive place for youth.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kaua’i is grateful for Danny Way’s generosity and for serving as a beacon of inspiration for many youth that look upon our professional athletes as positive role models,” the agency says. “The youth will forever remember this day and their time with Danny Way.”

 

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