In the spirit of World Snowboard Day, Mountain Creek declared Monday, December 20th Go Snowboarding Day! Go Snowboarding Day gave hundreds of people the opportunity to become life long riders by taking advantage of Mountain Creek’s learn to ride package: lift tickets, rental equipment, and a 1.5 hour long lesson for FREE! So when Mountain Creek extended an invite to us to attend an evening session, we jumped at the opportunity. It was the perfect night for Shred Love to start off the 2010-2011 season; the conditions at the mountain were perfect, the participants were pumped to get back on their boards, and it was our board member, Mel‘s birthday. Did I mention we had the school yard to ourselves? Yeah, it was pretty sweet!
First time rider Masz
Masz was the only beginner volunteer. Our other volunteers were happy for the refresher and to be back out with the group. He wasn’t the only beginner, so was Nicky.
Here are more pictures of everyone, enjoy!
Brandon, Khaliq, & Mel aka Da Ryders
Halimah aka Ms. Black Diamond
Our shred monsters (l-r): Masai, Savion, Halimah, Tyson, & Zaakirah
World Snowboard Day 2010!
Big thanks to Mountain Creek (l-r)!: Hugh, Paul, Liz, & Nathan
Shred Love, Mountain Creek, & World Snowboard Day
Check out all of our pictures at Facebook. Check out Mountain Creek’s video here.
Get to know the newest big boss at Shred Love! Armani Rae started off as a participant and is now helping out with recruiting more girls and getting them hooked on snowboarding and photography.
Name: Armani Rae
About me: I’m very active, funny, and pretty. I do gymnastics and love to dance. I love old school music, R&B, hip hop,and pop.
What made you join Shred Love? I always had an inkling for snowboarding.
How has Shred Love changed your life? I met new people and learned how to go down the hill.
First time I won a cheerleading competition, I was 10 years old.
Armani Rae & Coach Timeka
First time I got on a plane, I went to Florida.
First song I wrote is titled, “Live,Laugh, Love”.
First dance recital I was in, I was 6 years old.
First cartwheel I did I was 7 years old.
Check back Tuesday, January 4th for our next feature in the Get to Know Us series!
Our dinner at Soul Flavors on Wednesday, October 20th was a success! The sold event raised money for our 2011 programs and operations, enabling us to serve more youth. The packed house was filled with participants (new and returning) and their parents, volunteers, mentors, teen mentors, and supporters of Shred Love. So let’s start with our raffle winners:
Netta & our first winner, Monica
Mrs. Fowlkes with her winnings!
The only guy to win, Rob (he's also one of our new mentors!)
Dr. Coleman won a gift card to Soul Flavors
And since all of our young attendees walked away with gift bags, I’ll waste no time in sharing more pictures from the evening.
Our volunteer Darlene and her son, Adam... yeah he's a rider!
Our future Betties: Natalie & Monique
Assemblyman Charles Mainor & our Founder, Liz
To see all of the pictures from the evening, check out our Facebook page and if you aren’t already a friend, don’t forget to send a friend request. ; )
Special thanks goes out to all of our guests, SOS Outreach, The Hidden Valley Club, Windham Mountain, Soul Flavors, Snowboard Addiction, Assemblyman Charles Mainor, The Jersey Journal, Bayonne Community News, Youngsworld, LLC, and Darlene Sarr.
'Til next time!
Sunday, 2/28/2010 was an epic day to say the least. Windham was covered in 5ft of fresh pow, our rider De’Karr turned 9, and our 09/10 program produced 30 (participants and volunteers) new shredders. It snowed the entire 3 hour ride there.
As usual Masai, Savion, and De’Karr sang Nick theme songs all the way there. Once we got there, it was business as usual.
Kyasia on the lift line
Dorian coming off the lift.
The Birthday Boy, De'Karr
6 year old Tyson coming down from the lift
After a day of shredding, it was time to dig into some pizza.
Pizza Parrr- tay!!
L-R: Geneva, Liz, & Sharlette
L-R: Kevin, Zaakirah, & Tyson all smiles as usual
L-R: De'Karr, Masai, Khaliq, Isaiah, Edward, Xavier, Halimah, & Mel
L-R: Myriam and Kyasia
How's the pizza Armani Rae?
And finally some birthday cake.
Make a wish!
And finally, our award ceremony!
Congratulations Armani Rae!
Congratulations and Happy Birthday De'Karr!
Congratulations also goes out to Adam, Jamontay, Jacqueline, and Marcel (not pictured).
Day 2 at Windham Mountain provided Shred Love with new challenges: Linking turns & Chairlifts. Our core value for the day was Discipline. Not to be confused with punishment, the discipline we are referring to is related to self discipline; finding the strength within to push on and achieve your goals. Usually people tend to quit when the roads gets rough, but not our group. As a group, everyone pushed on to perfect linking their turns and stopping.
Our volunteer Shanelle giving it a second try.
Xavier & Akitto
Once it clicked, they were off. : )
Tyson with a little assistance from Armani Rae
Mel’s group took their first ride on the chair lift to conquer K Lift Triple (length: 400′ and vertical 50′) with the help of Windham’s snowboard instructor Mike Hecht.
L-R: Edward, Mel, Adam, Brandon, and Windham Instructor Mike Hecht
As usual, the day ended with smiles.
Armani Rae & Masai
and more smiles : )
To view more of our pictures, check us out on Facebook. Until next time.