With skateboarding making its debut in the Olympics and the nation’s largest skatepark in our community, skateboarding is seeing an explosion of interest nationally AND locally. We launched the Get on Board Project in 2022 with the simple goal of getting more kids on skateboards, regardless of their financial means.

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 also teaches perseverance. 

In 2022 through Skate DSM’s Get on Board Project, we will give out up to 500 high-quality, complete skateboards and helmets to kids in the Des Moines area.


To be eligible for this project, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in school in Polk, Dallas, or Warren county in grades K-8, 
  • Have a passion for and want to try skateboarding,
  • Complete the application below

How to apply 

This form is intended to gather information about prospective skateboard recipients. Skate DSM is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow the skateboard community in the Des Moines metro area. To be considered for a helmet and skateboard, applicants must be enrolled in school (grades K-8) in Polk, Dallas, or Warren counties. Applicants must also complete the form below, and please be as detailed as possible as the answers to these questions will help us determine the recipients. 

The deadline to be considered for our May 6th distribution event is April 22, 2022. Applicants can apply after this date and still be considered for future distribution events. Additionally, applicants who apply before the April 22, 2022 deadline who are not selected are still eligible to be considered for future events. These individuals do not need to reapply to be considered. 

Equipment recipients will be notified on or before on April 29, 2022 by email and given details about the May 6, 2022 event at that time.

May 6th Distribution Event

The first distribution event will be held on May 6th beginning at 3:30pm and run until 8pm at a TBD location. 

Recipients will be fitted for a helmet and taught basic equipment care and maintenance. Experienced local skaters will be on hand to teach kids how to safely ride a skateboard.

Project Sponsors and Supporters 

  • Virginia & Nix Lauridsen 
  • Jill & Mark Oman
  • Mrs. Christine Lauridsen Sand
  • Mike Simonson
  • Carl & Susan Voss
  • Mollie Baker
  • G. David Hurd & Trudy Holman Hurd Fund
  • Justin & Alison Osborne
  • Roger Brooks-Saulene Richer Fund
  • Connie Wimer 
  • Atlantic Bottling Company 
  • Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation
  • Gartner Family Foundation
  • William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation
  • Hicklin Power Sports
  • Voss Distributing
  • Dwindle Distribution 
  • Fareway Stores
  • Pro-Tec Brand 
  • Subsect Skate Shop