We here at stashedboxes.com wanted to bring attention to an event that took place earlier this year at the Tenderloin's Rec Center by Professional Skateboarder and philanthropist Karl Watson, a twenty-three year skateboard veteran to the Bay Area. The community outreach was extended to the youth of San Francisco's notorious Tenderloin District, which unfortunately brings danger and crime to many people's minds when hearing the words. Yet, it does not have to be that way if community activists and those wishing for change can spread their positive influences. The philanthropic effort was initiated by Karl's Kauses, which as you can guess was formed from the mind of Karl Watson in the spirit of promoting a safe space for children to foster their creative aspirations.
The popularity of skateboarding is at an all time high and rising, which means many youths are extremely interested in skateboarding as a creative outlet for expressing their exuberant energy. When Karl was informed that many of the children who signed up for the event did not even have skateboards, he got together with his sponsor board company Organika Skateboards, along with Venture Trucks, Gold Wheels, and Vitaminwater to donate ten complete skateboard setups.
Karl is a father himself, so he no doubt understands the importance of attention children need at a young age and how positive influences and proper guidance from key role models help shape a young person's mind so that future generations can be imparted with the same desires to gives to others and support the less fortunate amongst us.
Karl has this to say about himself on his Twitter profile: "My name is Karl Watson, im a professional skateboarder, Dad, artist and humanitarian. Change is growth and we need more to change in order for us all to grow." (sic)
For his efforts, Karl received an award from San Francisco City Hall earlier this year for his foundation "Karl's Kauses." There was a small holdup getting through city hall security because Karl and his friend's skateboard were deemed as possible threats that could be used as weapons, but the powers would be stepped forward to set things right, letting Karl and his friend through with boards in their hands. The video of Karl receiving his award can be seen here.
Karl's ongoing program with the Tenderloin Rec Center is cleverly titled Shred N' Butter and its website is located here.