For years, GRO has provided free workshops for girls to learn to skate and BMX through the interactive parks at X Games. This year the education continued.
There are so many females at the event and Girls Riders Organization looks forward to increasing the offerings for those girls at this event. Education so fun that the participation becomes as fun or more as just watching.
Many of the ladies participating in these workshops are first time riders. For many of them, no one ever asked, “Do you want to skate?” This is an attempt to change that. Girls come to X Games at spectators and leave as participants.
During the four days at X Games the ages of girl learning to skateboard and BMX ranged from 2 to 40. They learn everything from the equipment, basic riding, turning and stoping, as well as some basic tricks. For those girls that already have all the basics down, they have to opportunity to learn any thing they wish with the top athletes who volunteer their time to teach.
The instructors for the event were wonderful! From gro riders to Silly riders, BMX girls, Woodward and X Games Staff and many other skaters. Everyone got involved in providing advise or just a supporting hand for a first drop in. High fives were everywhere!
This year GRO was located in the middle of the interactive park area. The location allowed any girl at any time a chance to have instruction with GRO. Girls were riding in most of the sessions in the interactive street park. Those who skated the ladies only sessions often either stuck around for another session or came back another day, ready to ride.
Thank you to all the GRO booth staff. Thank you to all the BMX (story coming soon!) Thank you to X Games, ESPN and anyone else who is part of keeping this alive.
Hope to see everyone for all these activities and more in 2013!