Skaters celebrated spring break by grinding half pipes for a good cause with a block party on Saturday, held by the”Only Live Life Extreme… Yourself” foundation for the youth in the community.
The OLLEY foundation’s goal is to inspire others to live the”OLLEY life-style” and raise the bar to be the best at whatever they do.
“We want them to be the best skaters they can be and stay off the streets,” said Coco Lavelle, director of social media at OLLEY.
The foundation also supports the American Red Cross and Childhood Cancer Foundation while raising money for local schools.
A free clinic was held for skaters who hoped to improve their skills.
Music blasted as skaters showed off their skills on the half-pipe set up in the store’s parking lot along with a dunk tank. Skaters competed in the hippie jump where skaters had to jump over a bar while managing to stick their landings.
Parents and skaters browsed through the merchandise from the OLLEY store, and watched as custom snapbacks and boards were made.
But fundraising is not all the foundation does – they also have a competitive skate team.
Andiey Lerma is a student at Bonita High School who skates for the OLLEY team.
“It’s a dream come true to skate and do what I like,” Lerma said.
Parents also support OLLEY, including Tony and Lisa Sullivan from Santa Clarita who bring their 12-year old skater, Dylan, to the events.
Dylan is also a member of the skate team. He hopes to be a professional skateboarder one day.
“We back him up 100%. When someone is talented, you want to help them get to the next level,” said Lisa Sullivan.
“OLLEY is different because they promote a good message,” said Tony Sullivan.
“At competitions, you’ll see some sponsors who give them helmets with marijuana. But here, there is a good positive message behind the brand.”
One of OLLEY’s goals is to present fun opportunities, like the Skate Jam Block Party, for the youth in the community.
OLLEY headquarters can be found at The Lab, a retail skate shop and a place to brainstorm ideas, located at 1277 E. Route 66 in Glendora.
Tyler Harrison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.