Mike Smith, at left, and T.J. Timmermann skate down Jeffers St.
Mike Smith skateboarded into North Platte Saturday on Highway 30, making his way across the state. It is Smith's third consecutive summer to skateboard across Nebraska to help raise funding and awareness for his non-profit group, "Skate for Change."
The trip, entitled “Skate The State 3,” is taking Smith and his crew across 300 plus miles from Imperial to Lincoln, solely on their skateboards.
Skate For Change empowers youth to use skateboarding as a vessel for assisting the homeless and lesser fortunate in their communities.
Since its initial inception in the downtown streets in Lincoln, Skate For Change has spread across the state into Omaha, York, North Platte and even across the country into Kansas City, Springfield (MO), Rockford (IL), Cleveland, and Seattle, organizers said.
Smith's goal with Skate For Change is to create something that will live past his lifetime.
Smith and his companions embarked from his hometown of Imperial the morning of June 21 and is headed to the state capitol in Lincoln. They hope to arrive June 27.
Smith went north on Highway 61 from Imperial. He is heading east on U.S. Highway 30 and U.S. Highway 34 into Lincoln He plans to cover 40–50 miles a day.
Skate The State 3 is encouraging individuals to pledge $1 per mile to help meet their goal of raising $10,000-plus for Skate For Change. Those interested may donate directly to Skate For Change through PayPal via http;//www.skatethestate.com or drop donations off in person at THE BAY on 2005 Y Street in Lincoln, zip code 68503.
The route past North Platte:
June 23 - North Platte to Cozad (46.6 miles)
June 24 - Cozad to Kearney (49.6 miles)
June 25 - Kearney to Grand Island/U.S. 30 & U.S. 34 junction (45 miles)
June 26 - Grand Island to York (44.5 miles)
June 27 - York to Nebraska State Capitol (53.6 miles)