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SOS students, skateboarders put on a show

Chris Outcalt
Vail, CO

EAGLE COUNTY ” Jessie Roy didn’t do any skateboarding on Saturday. She found a great spot to sit and watch the action at the Edwards skate park, though. She was partly responsible for organizing the competition and took some pictures of the finished product.

“It turned pretty well,” said Roy, who is 12. “It’s cool to see it turn out well.”

Roy, her sister Tina, and about 10 other kids in their third year as students of SOS Outreach ” a nonprofit organization that provides different programs and outdoor activities to Vail Valley youth ” planned and promoted a skateboarding contest in Edwards for a community project they did as part of the program.

The assignment was simple, explained Dan Ben-Horin, SOS’s program director ” comp up with a community project and plan it out from start to finish.

“It’s really all about the kids,” Ben-Horin said. “They thought there wasn’t enough stuff for kids to do.”

Tina Roy, 14, said they got the idea for a skateboard competition after hearing some guys that were working with the SOS program talk about the sport.

“It sounded cool,” she said.

But that was just the idea. The group got businesses to sponsor the event, donate prizes, advertised on the radio, wrote press releases for local media and posted fliers around the county.

“We picked it because it was just about to be summer,” said 13-year-old McLaren Smith, who worked on the project.

The competition had three different categories for kids to compete in: 10 and under, 11 to 17 and an open category. The prizes included, SOS T-shirts, skateboard helmets and a new SIMS snowboard.

Smith was excited about how many people showed up for the event.

“It’s bigger than we thought it would be,” he said.

Those that participated competed in sort of a free-for-all format. Each division had a set amount of time where everyone was skating, trying to pull off as many tricks as possible.

After 10 minutes of skateboarding, Alex Heath won the open division and a new snowboard.

“It was a fun day,” Heath said. “It’s for a good cause and I’m glad to be here to be part of it.”

Zach Schoup was in the valley visiting his cousins and competed in the 11 to 17 division. It was his first time skateboarding in a competition. He was a little nervous, but had a good time.

“It was fun,” Schoup said. “It was way different, there was more pressure.”

Tina hopes to put on another event sometime soon.

“There will be more and we can only hop it will be as good,” she said.

Staff Writer Chris Outcalt can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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