March 10, 2022


Norm Sterzenbach, 319-431-4045,


The “GET ON BOARD PROJECT” Will Hand Out 500 Free Skateboards and Helmets to Central Iowa Kids

Des Moines, IA – On Thursday morning at Subsect Skate Shop in Des Moines’ East Village, Skate DSM launched a new program to hand out 500 free, quality skateboards to Des Moines-area kids grades K-8. The program, called the “Get on Board Project,” will award each qualifying student a new skateboard, helmet and skateboarding instruction.

“We built the greatest skatepark in the world, now we want to do everything we can to ensure local kids have the tools they need to skate it,” said Norm Sterzenbach, president of Skate DSM, a volunteer-led nonprofit dedicated to growing and supporting skateboarding in the Des Moines Metro. “The ‘Get on Board Project’ is the first of its kind and further puts Iowa front and center on the national skateboarding map.”

Eligible students, those enrolled in grades K-8 in Polk, Dallas and Warren counties can apply online at To be considered for the first round of equipment, applicants must apply by April 22nd. The applications will be scored by the Skate DSM Board of Directors and recipients will be notified on April 29th. The first round of skateboards and helmets will be distributed to recipients after school on May 6th (location TBD) in advance of the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of the world-class Lauridsen Skatepark, the largest skatepark in the United States. Those not awarded equipment in the first round will be considered for future distribution events.

Funding for the program was provided by generous community sponsors led by Virginia Lauridsen. “It’s been wonderful to see the growth of the skating scene here in Des Moines and so many kids getting on skateboards for the first time,” said Virginia Lauridsen. “The new ‘Get on Board Project’ will help remove barriers that may exist for future skaters by getting them the equipment they need to give it a try. I’m pleased to support the program and grateful to all who have helped contribute to make it possible.”

Skateboarding is a unique activity because it combines extreme physical exertion with precise muscle coordination and balance. It’s a great activity for kids’ physical and mental health. Skateboarding also encourages kids to interact with one another and builds vital social and interpersonal skills.

“Skateboarding has helped me find my true passion along with the amazing community that comes with it” said Mina Ferguson, a 10yr old skater from Cattell Elementary School.

For more information or to apply for the program go to: