Chris Cole and Police Athletic League of Philly have partnered up to give 15 Philly skaters a chance at a dream weekend at Woodward skate camp. Check out the video from last year's event, and for more info, read the press release below.
DC PRO SKATER CHRIS COLE AND POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE OF PHILLY HOST CAMP WOODWARD SKATE CLINIC FOR INNER CITY KIDS
The 3x X Games Gold Medal Winning Skater partners with PAL giving 15 youngsters a dream weekend of skating with their mentors
August 22nd, 2012, Huntington Beach, CA - DC athlete Chris Cole, arguably theworld’s top street skateboarder, is taking 15 young skaters and their friends to Woodward for an action-packed weekend of skateboarding fun amongst pros and top skating instructors.
Nestled in the lush greenery of the Susquehanna River Valley, which also happens to be near Chris Cole’s hometown, Camp Woodward is one of the world’s premier action-sports camps. The youngsters who get to attend the dream weekend at Camp Woodward will be selected in a one-day competition of about 50 avid PAL skateboarding enthusiasts at Carmella Playground (2100 Wakeling Street) in Philadelphia, on Friday, August 24. The event will be hosted – and judged – by Woodward staff, who will select 15 finalists to train with Cole at the Camp.
DC Shoes, Cole’s primary sponsor, will be providing all 50 contestants with DC gear at the competition. The top 15 finalists will receive a special head-to-toe DC set-up including Cole’s DC signature shoe, The Cole Lite S, for their camp weekend.
This is not the first time Cole has teamed up with PAL. In 2011, Cole and Woodward joined forces to allow 30 PAL children to roll their way into Woodward for a weeklong stay. Aside from fronting the $1,000+ tuition for each camper, Cole had his sponsors sweeten the deal and provided each child with skating gear, a skateboard, clothing and more. He also provided each child with spending money out of his own pocket, so they could take advantage of the camp’s state-of-the-art amenities.
“I believe that skateboarders and the community that we've created have the ability to do great things. This is one of them. Growing up skating in Philadelphia, having that be my home base, makes me want give back. I used to dream about going to Woodward Skate Camp, but was unable to afford it. It wasn't until I was a pro that I finally went. Giving kids with a similar situation the chance to go to my favorite skate spot in the world is just plain incredible. I am proud to be involved with this,” Cole said of the event.
Cole, a big-hearted skateboarding legend who says he couldn’t afford the camp as a child, and Woodward, a wonderland for skateboarders, will re-open Sept. 21-23, after it closes for the season, for inner-city children and teens who participate in PAL.
About DC: Founded by Ken Block and Damon Way in 1994, DC quickly grew to a leader in performance skateboarding shoes andrenowned action sports brand. Today DC stands as a global brand whose product line has expanded to include men’s, women’s and kids’ skateboarding and lifestyle shoes, apparel, snowboards, snowboard boots, outerwear, and accessories. As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, DC has built a world-class team of professional skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross and rally athletes that exemplify and enhance DC’s brand, develop its signature products, and support its promotional efforts. DC is a subsidiary of Quiksilver, Inc.
Woodward (www.campwoodward.com) is a committed steward of the action sports community. Through its constellation of facilities in Pennsylvania, California, Colorado and Beijing, China, Woodward provides diverse opportunities to young people: from action sports, gymnastics and cheerleading platforms, to instructional programs in digital media, photography, videography, dance, graphic arts, design and music -- in short, all the cultural activities that surround and support the action sports lifestyle. Woodward has also integrated itself into the education business with the opening of Woodward U, a boarding and at-home high school education program that offers a non-traditional curriculum to action sports athletes and passionate followers.
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) helps girls and boys develop self-esteem and ambition through a broad array of educational, athletic andcultural activities in a safe and fun environment. Established in 1947, PAL is a citywide network of 26 centers serving thousands of youngsters, ages 6-18. All programs and activities are free and supervised by on-duty Philadelphia Police Officers. PAL is “Cops Helping Kids” – a non-profit organization with generous support from the business community, foundations and individuals.