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In 2016 and 2017, Dew Tour introduced Community Days, where they welcomed out organizations and non-profits to get exclusive access to the venue and the Dew Tour courses for a few hours each morning.
Some of the organizations involved have been A.Skate, ASK Foundation, Skatedogs and B4BC. This year Dew Tour will be continuing the tradition to give back to the community and local organizations to have more involvement, including Exposure Skate and Pink Helmet Posse as part of the female-focused initiatives. All of the organizations will be provided with free activation space in Dew Tour Experience and will have the opportunity to skate the public and pro courses on the morning of Friday, June 29.
In 2017, Dew Tour started their first STEAM-based program called Dew Tour Future Innovators. In collaboration with Long Beach Unified School District, they created a program to bring High School students from around Long Beach to Dew Tour for exclusive access to speakers, athletes and privacy within the venue. The goal is to make learning STEAM-based skill sets more applicable via real-life examples utilizing skateboarding and skateboarding culture. Last year, U.S. Army collaborated with them and brought their STEM-based activity to Dew Tour for the students to participate in.
They brought on Professor Paul Schmidt to give a discussion around the physics and math of skateboarding and how the construction of skate decks and set-ups have evolved over the years with the style of skating. Professor Schmidt utilized professional skater, Greg Lutzka, to give demos of tricks and skating to drive home the lesson.
This year, Dew Tour will continue with Future Innovators and will be collaborating with Secret Walls via their School Walls initiative, as well as the Arts Council of Long Beach, to provide the main STEAM-based demonstrations. School Walls will lead with a discussion focused on art and algebra and how artists collaborate together. They will then have the students actively create art on a blank canvas art structure on Dew Tour on the Green. The students will also partake in an activity with the Arts Council of Long Beach and engage with other Dew Tour partners on-site before heading off to skate the Pro Street Course and enjoy lunch provided by Wahoo’s. The students will receive free swag as well as VIP passes to come back to watch Dew Tour. Long Beach Unified has been a great partner to work with and really put their students needs first. Dew Tour appreciates the value they see in the Dew Tour Future Innovators program and look forward to growing it in the future.
Attend Dew Tour 2018 on June 28-July 1!