Ticket To Ride
Stoked president and founder Steve Larosiliere, far left, encourages a student participant while teaching her to surf in Santa Monica, Calif., during the annual Trishredathon. Nearly 70 students and adult volunteers snowboarded, surfed and skateboarded in one day, raising $20,000 to support the programs in Los Angeles.
Can't Say Can't
Longtime participant Mark Mendez, center, perfects his kickflip during a skate mentor outing to Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. "One word you can't say is can't," said Mendez, 18. "It was always 'I can and I will.'"
A volunteer clearly loves the surfing conditions in Santa Monica during the 2013 Trishredathon. The program has served more than 3,000 youths since 2005.
Mentoring By Board
Volunteer Pamela Zoolalian carves a turn and keeps a close eye on L.A. students at Snow Summit Mountain Resort in the San Bernardino Mountains. Snowboarding was the first sport of the day during the 2013 Trishredathon, an event now in its second year.
Christopher Linares, 18, contemplates his next move as dusk hits the Santa Monica sky. Skateboarding was the final event students participated in during the three-sport marathon in late March.
Volunteer Jake Camarena perfects his ollie while skateboarding and mentoring during the Trishredathon. In 2012, teen participants spent 66,700 hours in these programs, with volunteers like Camarena and staff mentoring and guiding them.
Mendez prepares for his next move during a weekend skate mentor outing two years ago. He hopes to join the National Guard after he graduates from high school. He said he learned to appreciate giving back through community service projects.
Volunteer Scott Selke slides this rail at Snow Summit Mountain Resort, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. The Trishredathon marked the final snowboard day of the season for the program.
All Good At Snow Summit
Benjamin Connor, 16, gives a thumbs-up at Snow Summit during the snowboarding portion of his busy three-sport day. Benjamin and other participants are 40 percent more active than their peers, according to the program's findings.
Mendez studies another skater's kickflip attempt in Brooklyn. Larosiliere said the program uses action sports to close the opportunity gap that prevents low-income, inner-city youth from succeeding in college and their careers. He hopes to teach them to "persist and be gritty," he said.