I took my daughter to the X-Games girls day for a skateboard clinic; this is something she had wanted learn but after many clinics and camps over multiple years, she still did not have any confidence and often withdrew from the other kids at these events.
They were very friendly and encouraged her to keep trying, while noting what she had already learned. They were able to get her to not worry so much about how she skated and instead focused on having fun and seeing herself as a capable person. She finally let down her guard and relaxed enough to see the fun she was having. She insisted on going to their next event before the one at X-Games had even finished! Over the next year, she gained so many friend through the Girls Riders Organization and attended every girls' skating event possible. She has so much confidence and is now entering boy's contests as well. She knows that she is may not be at top competition level but she goes anyway because now it's about having fun, seeing friends and just tacking challenges every day. She now seeks out girls at skate parks and tells them all about GRO. She sees what they have done for her and wants all girls to have this kind of support and confidence.
I went to my first GRO meeting in may this year. i was real nervous to skate with a whole bunch of girls who were better than me. But the first 10 minutes in TNT skatepark in Georgia i just saw Courtney and realized how good she was at teaching and helping. shes awsome and inspiring.i now feel confident and will go to alll the GRO meetings i can thanks courtney!
The first time I went to a GRO event was in 2007. There was a mini-ramp to skate, a workshop, demos with some girl skaters who rip, some live bands, and just lots of supportive, rad fun. GRO now has an ATL chapter, and since I live over in Athens, I try to make the road trip to these events when I can. It's always fun. The best part is skating with girls standing their ground as the minority, girls who are having fun with skating despite it being a rough sport/art.