Starting Friday, June 21, 2013, Mike Smith – founder of Lincoln non-profits THE BAY and Skate For Change – will be skateboarding across the state of Nebraska for the third summer in a row to help raise funding and awareness for the latter organization.
The trip, aptly entitled “Skate The State 3,” will take Smith and his crew across 300+ miles of Nebraska’s highway system from Imperial to Lincoln solely on their skateboards.
For the past two years, Skate The State has been the major means of fundraising for Smith’s non-profits.
This year, Smith’s focus falls solely on Skate For Change, which is the division of THE BAY that empowers youth to use skateboarding as a vessel for assisting the homeless and lesser fortunate in their communities.
Since its initial inception in the streets of downtown Lincoln, Skate For Change has now spread across the state into Omaha, York, North Platte, and even across the country into the likes of Kansas City, Springfield (MO), Rockford (IL), Cleveland, and Seattle.
Smith hopes that this year’s Skate The State will grow the cause even further. “My goal with Skate For Change is to create something that will live well past my lifetime,” said Smith. “Skate The State has consistently given us more and more sustainability each year.”
Smith and his crew will be embarking from his hometown of Imperial, NE, the morning of June 21 and skateboarding along approximately 340 miles of Nebraska’s highways to Lincoln’s State Capitol. The group anticipates their arrival to fall on the following Thursday, June 27.
From Imperial, Smith will skate north along NE-61N and then skate east to Lincoln via U.S. 30E and U.S. 34E. Smith plans to skateboard roughly 40 – 50 miles per day to successfully complete the trip within a week’s time.
Smith and his crew will be stopping in larger cities along their route to educate Nebraskans on Skate For Change and garner support for the cause firsthand.
Skate The State 3 is encouraging individuals to pledge $1.00 per mile to help meet their goal of raising $10,000+ for Skate For Change. Those interested may donate directly to Skate For Change via their PayPal or drop donations off in person at THE BAY on 2005 Y Street in Lincoln.
All media outlets are encouraged to meet Smith and his team at Lincoln’s State Capitol in the late afternoon on June 27 or in any major city along the route, which is tentatively as follows:
June 21 – Imperial to Ogallala (48.5 miles)
June 22 – Ogallala to North Platte (51.9 miles)
June 23 – North Platte to Cozad (46.6 miles)
June 24 – Cozad to Kearney (49.6 miles)
June 25 – Kearney to Grand Island/U.S. 30E & U.S. 34E junction (45 miles)
June 26 – Grand Island to York (44.5 miles)
June 27 – York to Nebraska State Capitol (53.6 miles)