On June 7th 2006 Girls Riders Organization formed as a non profit organization for girls skateboarding launching off from Bloomington, Indiana.
It all started from the desire to share the love of skateboarding with girls of all ages. It all began with a van packed full of everything you need to teach skateboarding. That van traveled around the country from park to park providing free classes to teach girls of any age how to skate. From 2006-2011 those travels taught thousands of girls across 39 states to ride.
2010 brought the addition of GRO Snow. This year at the main event in Washington over 400 girls descended on the the mountain to ride.
2011 followed with the beginning of GRO BMX. These girls travel the globe advocating for inclusion of females in the contests and making progress.
There has also been a lot of growing going on over these past six years. There is much more to come.
But when you break it all down, from the smallest towns to the largest events. From the best athletes to the first day riders. The one thing that is consistant across everything is the love of riding and the great people that are a part of it.
So on this day GRO would like to thank you.
To all the female riders out there, skate, snow, BMX, surf or any other action sports, thank you for riding with us. You are the heart of GRO.
To all the supportive parents, family and friends, thank you for being there for the lady athletes in their ventures.
To all the sponsors and donors, thank you for your continued support. Without you, none of this would be possible.
And thank you to everyone else whose paths we have crossed. Thank you for being part of this mission.
Here’s to the years to come.
Courtney Payne – Taylor