More Than 300 Sacramento Teens Design and Donate Skateboards in Honor of Tyre Nichols

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More than 300 teens designed skateboards that were donated in honor of Tyre Nichols on Saturday.

The teens also helped construct three dozen skateboards which were donated to The Skatepark Project, a non-profit founded by legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk.

Team members from The Skatepark Project were on site to receive the donations.

The Skatepark Project was also involved in naming a Natomas skatepark after Nichols, who used to visit the same skatepark as a child.

Nichols, who grew up in Sacramento, died in January after being beaten by Memphis Police officers following a traffic stop. He was 29 years old.

Sacramento city officials held a ceremony for Tyre Nichols Skatepark on June 11. The Skatepark Project and Vans partnered with the city to make upgrades at the park.

Videos of Nichols skateboarding have surfaced on social media since his death, with the majority of the footage taking place in Sacramento.

The skateboard design project was part of the 2023 Far West Region Teen Leadership Conference presented by the Savvy Sacramento Chapter of Jack and Jill of America at William Jessup University.

On January 24, 1938, Jack and Jill of America was founded as a leadership organization amid the Great Depression. The organization has 262 chapters throughout the United States.

According to the Sacramento branch, the group was founded by 20 mothers who intended to build an organization that would provide social, cultural, and educational opportunities for Black adolescents ages 2 to 19.

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