Non-profit Pushing Together wants to bring music, arts and skateboarding to all kids

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Boy jumping on skateboard at the street. Funny kid skater practicing ollie on skateboard at sunset.

Ashley Dwy, Reporter

DeKALB –Pushing Together is a non-profit organization founded in July that wants to bring music, arts and skateboarding to all kids in the DeKalb community, president and founder Ron Adamson said on a video on Pushing Together’s website

Pushing Together started because Adamson’s daughter wanted to try skateboarding herself, Adamson said.

“I took her to Fargo [Skateboarding] to borrow a helmet and skateboard to try it out,” Adamson said. “She fell really hard on her back so hard there was snot coming out of her nose. The owner of Fargo went up to her and said, ‘Falling is a part of skateboarding and a part of life. When you get back up, you become 5% stronger.’ Then, she got up and tried again.”

Adamson wants to teach children in his community how to get up again and persevere after they take a bad fall, he said.

So far, Pushing Together was able to buy helmets and skateboards for 17 children this past holiday season. Fresno skateboard, who mentored Adamson, gave Pushing Together $500 to start up the giveaway project. For the rest of the funds needed, Pushing Together was able to run a Facebook fundraiser as well, Adamson said.

Adamson wants to teach children in his community how to get up again and persevere after they take a bad fall.”

In order for these 17 children to win, they were to enter a giveaway and their names were picked out of a hat, Adamson said.

Community members are encouraged to donate on Pushing Together’s website. People can choose from a range of a $20 chip in to help the skaters, or even a $249 “total package,” that includes new gear, a new skateboard and one month’s worth of skateboarding lessons to an underserved child in the community.