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US Olympic Snowboard Head Coach Mike Jankowski Teaches Kids to Snowboard at Meadows

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US Snowboard Team Head Coach Mike Jankowski teaches a student how to snowboard.Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA hosted a “Learn to Ride” event Sunday, treating students from two local elementary schools to free snowboarding lessons that incorporated leadership and character building activities. Laureus teamed up with Playworks, Burton Snowboard and Meadows to present the free day.

Laureus athlete ambassador Mike Jankowski (U.S. Snowboard Team Head Coach) led the coaching, starting with some indoor drills and exercises using the Burton Riglet teaching system. The kids were provided jackets pants, gloves and goggles, and then were equipped with snowboards at the Meadows Rental Center. They headed out to the snow for their first on-the-snow snowboard lesson. 

Assisting in the instruction were Meadows instructors, Burton representatives and leaders from Playworks. In just one outing the students learned fundamental technique and skill building, took their first snowboard run and had an incredibly fun day. 

About Laureus USA - Founded in 2002, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA changes the lives of youth and strengthens communities through the power of sport. The organization is part of a global Laureus Sport for Good Foundation that supports over 150 projects in 35 countries.

About Playworks - Playworks is the leading nonprofit in our community leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. Playworks currently serves more than 150 schools in the Pacific Northwest, and reaches more than 55,000 students directly and through professional training services, changing school culture by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day. We create a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills.