NORMAN — Longboards were scattered in the grass and a group of teenage boys swarmed to win one of many prizes available on Sunday on John Saxon Boulevard during a “Slide Jam” event, organized by three local teenagers.
Oliver Holden-Moses, 14, Chase Anderson, 14, and Nico Lantelme, 13, all of Norman, worked together to organize the competitive longboarding event in order to raise money and join the tornado relief efforts of many others by donating proceeds to the American Red Cross.
The boys got the idea to combine an act of good will with what they love to do -- longboard. On Sunday, their hard work paid off when around 50 people came out to compete for prizes including decks, wheels, bearings, stickers and more.
Competitors were spilt up according to age and winners were determined by whoever had the best “slide”.
The three teens set out organizing the event, getting permission form the city and businesses along John Saxon Blvd., including those with the Chickasaw Nation and University of Oklahoma in order to host the event there.
The boys also paid for event insurance and solicited door prizes and raffle items from businesses, as well as prizes for the winners of the competition.
“I think it’s great for the kids to do something like this and give back to the community,” said Robert Hill, grandfather of one of the participants.
Hill and his grandson, Jack, came up from Texas to attend the event. He said Jack had gone to school and been friends with the boys organizing the event. It was a good weekend to visit and support a good cause.
“It’s really a neat thing these kids did,” he said. “Organizing this and giving back to the community, I think that shows real leadership on the kids’ part. Other kids are watching them do it and learning from it.”
Hill also said he think it will build confidence in the boys since the event turned out so well.
“It’s something they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. They’ll say ‘we did that; we took an idea, helped some people out and fun doing it,’” Hill said.