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Hemel Boards & tSB

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Written by Media Intern, James H. tSB Summer Program class of 2012

In November tSB was invited to Hemel Board Company‘s shop to personalize some skateboards for the evo Grand Opening Party. Our new media intern, James put together this post:

Anna's turn with the paint.

Anna’s turn with the paint.

Going to the Hemmel board shop was definitely an experience I will never forget. I got a chance to go and make skateboards! Not everyday kids get to be apart of the manufacturing and designing of skateboards.

Tommy is stoked.

Tommy is stoked.

It wasn’t what  expected, it was more. I thought we would be in a computer lab designing graphics on a computer then printing them out onto screen sheets then baking them to the boards or however board designers get fancy graphics onto boards. Instead, I got to paint a graphic by hand on a no kick-tail old school cruiser board. The design came out better than I expected. I wrote out initials in the back of the board (tSB) and wrote my name in reverse (semaj) on it. The board is unique to me because it is something I have definitely dreamed of doing all my life as a skateboarder.

The finished product! A James Hopkins original.

The finished product! A James Hopkins original.

This opportunity was probably one of the greatest days of my life so far. I don’t know exactly how my friends Anna Nguyen and Tommy Teav felt but they were laughing,

 

smiling and cheering the whole time. I would say they had a total blast! It’s also awesome to know that the proceeds from our boards go towards letting other youth like myself to have this experience.

The dudes over at Hemmel Board shop were way cool and chill. They made the whole process so interesting and fun. They are some of the chillest dudes I know – they manufacture skateboards and they invited me to come back and  make some more. With a offer like that I don’t think I can refuse it!

This is me.

This is me.

Two Weeks!

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tSB has been rollin’ 2 weeks deep as of today! Our Kick Off was phenomenal, the first program night bonded the mentors to youth, and for our first Sunday service, we spent the snowy morning at WAPI envisioning what our year in service will look like.

Meeting the new class of 36 Prophets  is definitely the best way to start 2012. Sharing laughs, playing games, spending bonding time, and learning more about each other, and getting prepared for a year of service and shredding!
Thanks to Where Ya At Matt for catering tSB’s Kick Off for the second consecutive year! Your commitment to youth programming is outstanding. And thank you to tSB alum Rosario-Maria Medina for the delicious meal of taquitos, rice, beans, and yummy gelatin-free cookies. Way to give back to tSB! We are grateful for you.

So what’s next for tSB? We had to cancel our last Tuesday program meeting because of the thick snow that’s been pelting the city, but this Sunday we expect to bring youth through to tSB HQ at Youngstown to get their gear and prepare for the first taste of the mountains! If you’re experienced in gear fitting (finding the right size boots, board, and setting up bindings), we’d love to have you join us.