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!
Our 2014 program kicked off on Sunday, January 26th at Windham Mountain. January is also the official Learn to Ride month and with a group of 37 youth participants, we did just that! The group is a mix of returning students and newbies, all with varying riding skills. This year, we also had a volunteer that was new to snowboarding. Our volunteer Matt, usually enjoys skiing, but took on the challenge of not only learning to snowboard, but to also chaperone a group of beginners. In addition, volunteer Shirley was also a newbie to snowboarding. It was interesting to see how the volunteers and the students would switch roles in motivating each other.
After every outing, we ask the group what they have learned new or discovered about themselves. Answers typically vary, but most feel that their biggest challenge of the day was continuing to try to snowboard after falling. Some cited they needed a pep talk to continue, others felt determined to get it, but all agreed, giving up wasn’t an option. Determination at its finest!
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)
On Sunday, February 5th, Urban Girl Squad volunteered for a day of snowboarding with us! Urban Girl Squad is a social networking group in New York City for women in their 20s and 30s. Membership to Urban Girl Squad gives you access to amazing parties, new fitness fun, tips on hosting your own party, styling your hair, and so much more! Membership is free, so ladies don’t waste any time signing up! Jersey Girls don’t fret, I’m an Urban Girl Squad-er myself. 🙂
Its no secret that Shred Love starts early in the morning (our bus departs from Bayonne at 7am, sometimes 6am), but the women from Urban Girl Squad had an even earlier start, as some came as far as Brooklyn. We greatly appreciate their dedication in helping us serve more youth through snowboarding. That day we served our largest group to date. Thanks again Urban Girl Squad! We’re looking forward to riding with you ladies again on Sunday, February 26!