Lahaina Skate Clinic for Kids with Special Needs, April 30April 13, 2017, 3:32 PM HST (Updated April 13, 2017, 3:34 PM) · 3 Comments
SkateMD hosts a free one-on-one skateboard clinic and experience at Lahaina Skate Park for kids with special needs between the ages of 5-17. The clinic is being held in partnership with the County of Maui on Sunday, April 30, 2017.
SkateMD is a Northern California-based non-profit with a mission to heal hearts by spreading kindness and skateboarding to special populations of children facing developmental, physical, emotional or family challenges.
The one-on-one skateboard clinics is designed to empower children who have physical and developmental disabilities with fun, exercise, and positive interactions. SkateMD has successfully hosted over two years of programming on the mainland; but with several of its board members and volunteers visiting for a wedding, an opportunity was presented for SkateMD to bring their services to Maui.
There will be support for children including one-on-one mentors who skateboard as well as volunteers who work with children with special needs, including licensed physical therapists.
SkateMD wants parents to know that this event is not just for kids interested in skateboarding or only for “athletic” children. Organization leaders say many SkateMD parents have been surprised to see their children engaged and learning to skateboard when they have previously been frustrated or unsuccessful in sports and groups. “As a sport that champions individual progress over competition, skateboarding has been a great fit for children special needs. The organization celebrates small victories and gives a lot of high fives,” organization leaders said.
The event is free to participants and includes snacks and drinks – with all skateboard equipment available to use. Registration is now open and parents of eligible children must email firstname.lastname@example.org with the child’s name, age, and disability. SkateMD will respond to parents with registration instructions and the link to complete enrollment and secure a spot.
SkateMD has utilized local vendors for supplies and are also seeking local skateboarders and community members for volunteer roles. Visit www.skatemdhh.com for more information.