Residents skateboard for Lincoln’s youth

By: Newsroom

Would you ride from Scottsbluff to Lincoln for a good cause? Probably in a car, but how about on a skateboard? That's exactly what some Lincoln residents are doing!  Skaters rolled down K street, a couple of them just finished a grueling five day, 430 mile journey across Nebraska all to raise money for a good cause- Lincoln's youth.

Mike Smith, founder of Skate the State, says the money raised will go to a new downtown skate facility. “When you're out pushing you're thinking about the people waiting for you back home. You're thinking about the kids you're doing it for. You just tell yourself you're not just doing this for yourself, you're doing it for a lot of other people,” Smith said.

 A safe and positive place for kids to hang out until two in the morning. Not only will this facility house a skate park, it will have an art gallery and concert venue.

Austin Hill, a skateboarder, is so excited about Mike's new plan he skated all the way to Lincoln to see him. “He's done a lot for the community with the kids in our community, Just giving them something to do,” Hill said.

 Smith says Skate the State was a way to combine two of his passions– mentoring and skating. “We like to ride around on our boards. This is a fun way for us to raise money for something we care about and to do something we love. It feels really good.”

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