Street League Foundation Brings Top-Tier Facilities to Masses
From the immense success of the Street League Skateboarding professional competition series comes the Street League Foundation, building skateparks and futures for the skateboard community. On Thursday, July 24, the first of their community skate facilities is opening in South Los Angeles, California.
“Skateboarding is not a crime”, the sport’s unofficial slogan since the 1980’s, began as a sticker and t-shirt campaign to highlight the public backlash against the initial growth of street skateboarding. Still today, young skaters worldwide are forced out of their favorite local skate spots, facing fines and even incarceration while the system does little to address the fact that the number of sanctioned skateparks in America is incommensurate with today’s massive skateboarding population. With more Americans skating than playing hockey, tennis, or even baseball, why doesn’t every town have a quality skatepark? Street League Foundation was created to address and solve this critical issue.
Founded by the premier skateboarding competition series Street League Skateboarding (SLS), the Street League Foundation was established as a means to further contribute to the global skateboarding community through the development of quality skateparks. SLS emerged in 2010 as the first professional league for skateboarding, offering the largest prize purse in the history of the sport. Street League Foundation utilizes a portion of the funds generated by the competition’s success to bring SLS-quality skate plazas to communities in need. Since it’s inception in 2013, the foundation has raised over $6.1 million to fund fifteen skate plazas around the United States.
This year, the foundation aims to enrich the skateboarding community in California, its birthplace, developing four skate plazas in over the next year in partnership with The California Endowment (TCE). Grants from TCE will fund the entire design of each plaza by the illustrious California Skateparks, as well as contributing to half of the construction costs.
Each plaza will be inspired by previous SLS course designs, but scaled down to account for the range of skill levels within the skate community. Much like training facilities in any other sport, Street League skate plazas will provide aspiring skaters with an avenue to train and compete in plazas similar to those that their favorite pros compete in, making the transition from novice to amateur, and onto professional, as seamless as possible. Each plaza will become the location for regional competitions that follow the same rules and use the same unique Street League Skateboarding ISX scoring format to ensure continuity through the progress into the professional arena.
Next week the SLF will host the grand opening of a Street League plaza in South Los Angeles. As one of the four areas initially targeted for this year’s mission, this first Street League plaza brings a professional-level skatepark to a neighborhood otherwise void of legal skateboarding opportunity; thus relieving local skaters of the all-too-familiar dilemma of not having a city-sanctioned facility that meets all of their needs. With ample funding and design plans from the most experienced skatepark contractors in the world, the South Los Angeles Community Skatepark is certain to please skaters of all skills and styles.