On Sunday, June 22, JORBA – Trips for Kids took our group for another mountain biking trip at Allaire Park. Special thanks to Clint Lunde of Ski DUCK for making the introduction! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to be a part of our next trip. #thankstripsforkids #thankyouJORBA
Join us in celebrating our fifth year of service, as we couldn’t have done it without you! I’m extremely proud of the progress we’ve made as a group and as individuals. Collectively we’ve worked together to expose inner city and at-risk youth to snowboarding, developed the leadership skills of all of our participants, and tackled some of the roughest terrain on our snowboards and mountain bikes. Yet individually, we’ve all faced some of our greatest fears and overcame many obstacles. I’ve had the pleasure to share in many of the triumphs of the group; seeing a newbie link turns at the end of a lesson, watching our older students become group leaders, and listening to the group’s stories on the bus ride home is a reward in itself.
I started Shred Love to give back to my community and yet my community has given so much more to me in return. I’ve learned a lot within the last 5 years about community, relationships, problem solving and myself. There were many times I wanted to quit because of funding and managing the business side of Shred Love, in addition to balancing my family, my day job; my life in general. Through each hurdle you, our supporters, created a way for Shred Love to not only continue, but to also grow.
May the next 5 years allow us to continue to grow and serve more deserving youth and create many more life long memories!
Thank you to all of our supporters that helped us receive the Dick’s Sporting Goods – Sports Matter grant! With your help, we received over $7600 to offset the cost of our 2014-2015 program. We are currently planning our upcoming season, so if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our newsletter!
Shred Love is now taking part of Dick’s Sporting Goods’ Sports Matter Crowdfunding Initiative. Our goal is to raise a total of $7000 to fund our upcoming season’s transportation cost and to replace some of our gear. In order to receive the full donation of $7000, we need to fundraise $3500 on our own. To date, we still need to raise an additional $3075. Please join us in this initiative and make a donation on our Sports Matter page and spread the word! If we don’t raise $3075 by Friday, May 23 6pm EST, we won’t receive any of the funds raised. Its truly a matter of all or nothing matter. So please consider making a donation and spreading the word to help us keep our Learn to Ride snowboard program free to its participants.
As always, thank you for supporting us! It is with your continued support we are able to serve more deserving youth through snowboarding.
Mother Nature has been really generous with the snow this year, so let’s hope she continues for our next outing on Sunday, March 2, 2014. In addition to snowboarding, we will be awarding all of our riders! So please, do you snow dance for one more coating of fresh powder and then I will personally join you all in the dance for spring. Pinky promise! 😉
Shred Love 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Windham Mountain
Pickup/Drop-off Location: W33rd St & Broadway, Bayonne, NJ
Drop off – 6am
Return – 7pm
Students must bring lunch or buy lunch at the mountain. Text messages will be sent to all parents when we are an hour away from reaching Bayonne. Parents please be prompt! Also, all booster sheets can be returned then.
Thank you for being a part of Shred Love! It is with your continued dedication we are able to serve more deserving youth!
Master of the Shred Love Temple: Grasshopper, time has come for you to lead. You must spread your wings and fly.
The Apprentice Grasshopper: Master I’m not ready, I’m not worthy. There are still too many questions for which I seek answers.
Master of the Shred Love Temple: You MUST answer the call. In life, you must step out on faith. You only have to believe in yourself. Follow your instincts. In you, lie all the answers you will need.
The Apprentice Grasshopper: I will try my best Master.
Master of the Shred Love Temple: Do not try, simply do.
For the first time in Shred Love history, our fearless leader Ms. Elizabeth Royster had to miss an event (hey, family comes first as Savion was sick). She entrusted the success of the outing to her team of me, Geneva and Jerrie. To compound the challenge, Shred Love hosted the Urban Girl Squad, who signed on as volunteers for the day.
Want more challenges? We were meeting two new volunteers –Rozalyn and Shay for the first time. Add to that, some guy named Old Man Winter started succumbing to the harsh effects of the dreaded flu. However, failure was not an option.
Once arriving to the mountain, we were reunited for the first time this season, with our favorite Park Rat Volunteers Gio and Deondre along with the leader of Shred Love’s “the Ready Betties squad”, Michelle. The day moved along smoothly with no major hiccups as the Urban Girl Squad – Clare, Hannah, Charisse, Jamie, and Sue were on the training hill with the other first timers including Charisma, Bria and Adriana. With Trey rolling in the mini park with Gio and Deondre.
Michelle riding with the “Regular Betties – Jackie, Armani Rae, Kayla, Alexis up the mountain.
Shay with Brandon’s crew of – Khaliq, Edward, Darius and Julius running the mountain, Jerrie and Rozalyn rounding out the rest of the Shred Love Team on the small chairlift slope (someday I’m going to remember the name of that trail). The day went along smoother than expected.
With Old Man Winter being completely under the weather, who could have asked for more?
The Urban Girl Squad – after a challenging morning and a better afternoon, enjoyed themselves.
As for the kids of Shred Love, they ALWAYS have a great time on the mountain.
As for our fearless and omnipresent leader, Liz, she can now find comfort in the fact that she has a competent team in the event of her absence. Special thanks to ALL for making this event a success!
Old Man Winter
(Heading for the Tamiflu)
Winter, oh glorious winter. Happy Holidays, hot apple cider, chocolate covered waffles and snow covered wonderlands (did I mention salted-caramel hot chocolate?). And in the still of ANY starry, winter night, if you close your eyes and listen closely, you can hear it calling ever so faintly, echoing off of the falling snowflakes. Can you hear it? Can you hear the mountain calling, summoning all snowboards from their year-long hibernation? The time is upon us. It’s Go Time! Queue the music.
SHRED LOVE SEASON HAS RETURNED!
Sunday of President’s Day weekend (also the busiest weekend of the winter season, I may add… never seen so many riders and skiers on the mountain), Shred Love kicked off its Winter Snowboard program returning to wonderful Windham Mountain. Under the superb driving skills of our bus driver Mr. Mike, we arrived on time to be embraced by a reunion of old friends and familiar faces, as well as, a few new soon-to-be old friends, as we ushered in the new season.
Returning Shred Love alumni Armani Rae, Brandon, Edward, and Jaden stepped up this season as Student Volunteers, helping with administrative tasks and team leadership on the mountain. In addition, we had our other returning Shred Love veterans proving that they didn’t lose a step, or rather shred, since last season. Nearly all returning Shred Love students were either riding on the small chair lift or further up the mountain – how’s THAT for progression!!!!
Then we have the beginners. Oh yes, the beginners, the fearless first timers, the noble novices, the rookie riders of the mountain range (hey – I can go on all day) – Tahjan, Charisma, DJ, William, Bria and Eric dared to strap up and drop in on lessons with Marcia’s team of instructors. By the end of the lessons, all were progressing quite well.
Awesome powder, mild temperatures, and brilliant sunshine characterized the day. In the end, it was a beautiful day for all. Can’t wait until next week!
Old Man Winter aka Mel
Registration is now open!
Our dates at Windham Mountain have been set! Join us on Sundays, January 20th, 27th, and February 3rd for our Learn to Ride program. Our program is open to boys and girls, ages 9 -18 years old. Our previous students that are 18+ are welcomed to join us as a volunteer this year *hint, hint Cornelius, lol!* To register a youth participant and/or to volunteer, please email us.
Registration closes on Thursday, January 17th! Be sure to register now and join our newsletter for more information.