Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler Makes Giving Back Extreme

It’s not all ollies and kickflips for this pro skater. He’s using his big fan base to help crowdsource and fund community- changing projects.

Pro skater Ryan Sheckler launched his own foundation in 2008 to give back; since then, he’s used auctions, raffles, and star-studded fundraisers like Skate for a Cause to raise thousands of dollars for kids suffering from cancer and autism. In his latest venture, Be the Change, he encouraged fans to submit and vote on their own community-changing ideas, and the winning concept–a skate park for the Port Gamble S’kallam tribe in Washington State–is currently under construction.


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Whitney Pastorek is a writer and photographer based in Los Angeles and/or wherever the bus just dropped her off. She spent six years on staff at Entertainment Weekly, and her work has appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Details, the Village Voice, and Fast Company, among many others.