Pourier wants to change that. With his Stronghold Society, a nonprofit youth-outreach campaign based in Denver, he operates on the theory that young people need movements to get behind like the skateboarding movement, for example. Last week, the Stronghold Society successfully lobbied the Tony Hawk Foundation to get a skate park built in Pine Ridge, and today the organization will host ONE Gathering Skate for Life, a skate competition designed to be a little more, at the Denver Skatepark.
There will be plenty to do besides skating. Center stage will feature seven musical acts including the Flobots Jonny 5 and several Native American bands plus a chance for kids to get up and do their thing in front of an audience. Therell also be a studio setup where they can make a recording to take home with them.
Why do it? Skateboarding saves lives, says Pourier. Its literally about that.
The ONE Gathering goes down today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Denver Skatepark, 2205 19th Street; admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit http://strongholdsociety.org or call 303-255-1730.
Sat., July 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 2011