Group Skateboards Across the State to Raise Money

By: Kim Eiten Email
By: Kim Eiten Email

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Scottsbluff to Lincoln is a long trip by car and even longer on a skateboard.

One group knows that all too well.

Saturday marked day four of their five day trip across the state.

They said the 430 mile trek is tough, but for a good cause.

"For the most part, people just kind of think your nuts," said Mike Smith, founder of the non-profit skatepark Bay 198 and organizer of Skate the State.

His group is skateboarding across the state, but it's not just for fun.

"Knowing the money is going to go to the kids, that's what keeps you pushing," Smith said.

Now, the fundraiser is pushing into it's second year.

The goal is to raise $40,000 to fund a new non-profit skatepark in Lincoln.

"You're doing it for someone else, so it makes it worth the pain," Smith said. "We're not out here just for fun. We're having a good time, but we're out here because we care about the young people back in Lincoln."

This year, the skaters aren't wasting any time. Their plan is to make the trek in four less days than last time around.

Smith said it's tough but the group is motivated by personal ties to the cause and by the skatepark itself.

"There's a lot of different ways that most of us are connected to it," Smith said. "We're there all the time, and it's a place that we call home."

Smith wants kids to be able to say the same thing. That's what keeps the wheels of his skateboard turning all the way to Lincoln.

"There's going to be a new park because of it, helping out kids and all that," skater Nate Sheets said. "And, the fact that we accomplished getting across the state in five days, working as a team, getting it done."

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