Dec. 2, 2013

Contact: Bevin Theodore

Director of PR & Communications

800-25-PEACE ext. 7797


Longboarding for Peace donates to KidsPeace program

The charity helped solicit equipment from Landyachtz Longboards, Riviera Skateboards and Triple 8 Protective Gear

N. WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. – KidsPeace has received a boost to its longboarding program, thanks to the generosity of Longboarding for Peace.

KidsPeace Facilities Coordinator Brian Fitch launched a program to teach children at KidsPeace how to longboard. The program, which is open to all experience levels, quickly grew in popularity, with the participants using coping skills from the sessions to help with their therapy and other struggles. KidsPeace held its first charity longboarding event was held in May on the Orchard Hills Campus in Pennsylvania. Faceplant Boardriders: Skate for Peace raised $1,400 for equipment to be used by the program, but funds were still limited for equipment to outfit all of the children who wanted to participate.

Fitch reached out to Michael Brooke, publisher and editor of Concrete Wave Magazine and founder of Longboarding for Peace, a charity that brings longboarding to children experiencing conflict. Brooke helped secure nearly $2,000 worth of donations of boards, helmets and elbow and knee pads for 10 children from Landyachtz Longboards, Riviera Skateboards and Triple 8 Protective Gear. Look for a feature on KidsPeace’s longboarding program in an upcoming edition of Concrete Wave.


About KidsPeace

For 130 years, KidsPeace has been building on its expertise to give hope, help and healing to children, families and communities throughout the United States. Through its comprehensive range of residential treatment programs; accredited educational services; unique psychiatric hospital and foster care and community-based programs, KidsPeace is dedicated to helping people connect, transform and overcome their challenges to ensure a stable future, transition to adulthood and gain independence. Since its doors opened in 1882, more than 200,000 children have participated in one of the multitude of programs KidsPeace offers. For additional resources or more information on how to get involved, become a foster parent or make a donation, please visit Follow us at or on Twitter @KidsPeace.