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Top 5 Extreme Scooter Videos

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by Pulse
1. Scooter Freestyle – World’s Best Freestyle Riders
This compilation video is a perfect example of the large number of tricks that street riders can do on a number of varying surfaces. The video features many of the biggest names in freestyle riding, including Dakota Schuetz, a rider who is sponsored by Lucky Pro Scooters. This video features plenty of “old classic” tricks, including an Oreo whip, which describes the trick that riders do when they jump switch on the edge of their deck.
2. Extreme Scootering “Skaterbarn”
This video is awesome because it is shows some of the ways in which extreme scootering and extreme scooter tricks can be done in half pipes and indoor facilities that may have originally been built for skateboarding. The sport of extreme scootering has long developed side by side with both skating and BMX biking, and in this video, there are some great examples of tricks that are borrowed from biking and skating, including a backflip tail whip.
3. Scooter Xtreme Tour 2012
No collection of scooter or skate videos is complete without one that features some impressive wipe outs. The Scooter Xtreme team certainly showcases plenty of well executed tricks here, which are landed beautifully, but it’s also fun to watch some of their less than perfect moments at the top of this video. This footage is well shot and features a good variety of different terrains a and different types of tricks.
4. Extreme Scooter Tricks
This video is a fun watch for anyone trying to expand their repertoire of tricks. The tricks are impressive and feature both flatland and park riding tricks. While this video is a fun watch in and of itself, and the riders are certainly skilled, many of the tricks performed could be learned by an amateur rider and this video can be great inspiration to those looking for a new trick to challenge themselves with.
5. Billy Watts Unused Scooter Footage
This heart racing video includes plenty of exciting airborne moments and jaw-dropping stunts from perennial favorite Billy Watts. The video is well edited and moves at almost as fast a pace as Watts himself. It is nice to see some lesser known footage from Watts, who continues to be one of the sport’s most interesting athletes to watch.

It seems clear that the sport of freestyle scootering will continue to grow and give way to more and more star athletes. Many of today’s rising stars are impressing fans at demos and conventions, and a number of skate parks are starting to be just as populated with scooter riders as they are with skateboarders. The culture of scooter riding is continuing to expand to include riders of all ages and backgrounds, and videos like these offer seasoned vets and new fans alike the chance to discover new athletes as well as new tricks that they aspire to learn how to do. More and more riders are innovating the sport and more camera people are excited about shooting them.

Creating A DIY Summer Camp For Your Kids

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Pulse

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As summer is fast approaching, many parents may be bombarded with requests from their children to send them to summer camp. For many kids, summer camp offers the chance to make good friends and to enjoy sports and activities they may not get to partake in at home. Summer camp can, however, be very expensive.

Many families may also simply not have the time in their busy schedules to send their kids away to camp for long periods of time. This does not mean, however, that your child cannot get the full experience of a stay at camp. Here are some great tips on how you can DIY your very own camp experience.

Invite Neighborhood Kids Over For a Back Yard Camp Out

The great outdoors may be no further away than your very own back yard. Have your child invite friends over and encourage children to bring tents over. Supervise as they set up the tents and decide who will sleep in which tent. Tell each tent to give themselves a name and set up tables where they can design signs to be placed on the outside of each tent.

Be Prepared With Day Time Activities

One of the best things about camp is the number of exciting outdoor activities that kids have the chance to participate in. Have a number of activities planned that can be played either individually or in teams, which can be divided based on who is in the various tents. You can arrange competitions like three legged races, wherein teams of two put on leg in each sack.

You can also set up a number of different types of relays, from running races around the neighborhood to scooter relays that allow kids to ride scooters at intervals before trading off. Keep a blackboard up that tracks various team’s progress and offer small rewards for the winning teams, such as ice cream sandwiches or drug store water guns.

Take Field Trips

Just because you do not have everything you need for a camp experience in your backyard does not mean that your little camper and their friends cannot take part in the full camp experience. If, for example, you do not have a pool, arrange a group trip to your community pool. It may help to invite older kids or other parents to help ensure that kids are all well supervised. You can also arrange group hikes in your area.

Start by working with the kids to pack a bag of healthy snacks or mixing a healthy trail mix. Look at a map before you leave and help all campers get a good sense of where you will be headed. While hiking, be sure to point out interesting plants and wildlife along the way.

Start A Fire

No camp experience is complete without the ever popular camp fire. You may be able to easily create a fire pit in your own backyard by using the drum of an old washing machine or even constructing one with bricks. It can also be relatively inexpensive to purchase free standing fire pits. Buy the supplies for s’mores: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate, and use old wire hangers to roast marshmallows.

Encourage kids to tell campfire stories by suggesting topics. Older kids may even be able to be left alone by the fire, and younger children will enjoy the experience of learning how to build a fire and keep it going. Once the fire is out, set a “lights out time” that all campers must be asleep by, but allow them to talk in their tents for a while before falling asleep.

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3 Scooter Games For Kids

Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by Pulse

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Scooter games are a fun and easy way to turn any backyard or physical activity classroom into a chance for kids to learn teamwork and interpersonal skills, while also learning to make good decisions and to think quickly on their feet.

Scooter games can be played by kids of a variety of ages and allow children to entertain themselves and enhance their skills, all while having fun and increasing their heart health. Here are three scooter games that are sure to keep kids having fun day in and day out.

Scooter Interstate

This is a game that has a variety of steps and can be set up in either a backyard or in a gymnasium. Create a boundary that is fairly large and spans most of the gym or yard. This can be done with cones or chalk, if the game is being played on concrete. If you are using chalk, draw an arrow to indicate which way traffic should flow. If you are playing in a gym, do this with a one way sign. Along the “interstate,” create “exits,” where different activities must be completed.

These activities can range from a wide variety of physical activities. If the game is being played in a gym, kids can hike up bleachers. They can also do push ups, sit ups, or jumping jacks or engage in activities that use additional equipment, such as hula hoop. When they have completed the activity, they get back on their scooters and continue on the interstate.

The student who completes all of their tasks correctly and gets to their final destination first wins the game.

Relay Races

Relay races are a wonderful basic activity that encourage speed, dexterity, and teamwork. Scooter relay races operate in much the same way that walking or running ones do. To set up, create borders on each side of the playing area. This can be done with lines of cones or by drawing a line or using existing lines in the space.

Players pair up in teams, which can range from three to any number of people, as long as teams are even. The first rider starts at one end of the field and rides his or her scooter as quickly as they can to the other boundary, where the next teammate gets on the scooter and rides back to another side of the field where yet another teammate is waiting. This continues until all teammates have ridden.

The team who gets through their entire line up first wins the game. Scooter relays can be modified in a number of ways, including using cones or flags to create areas along the course that must be maneuvered around.

Pick Up Sticks

This game combines the cardiovascular exercise of scooter riding with hand eye coordination. Players should be divided into teams, each of which should have a container that is designated for them. A wide variety of objects can then be scattered around the playing area. These objects should vary in shape and size and be placed far enough away from one another that two scooters will not collide when attempting to go for the same object.

Each player then scoots around the playing area and picks up one item a time while on their scooter. They must then ride the scooter to deposit the item in their team’s bin. The game ends when all items have been cleared from the playing area and the team who has the highest number of items in their bin at the end of the game wins. To make the game more difficult, it can also be timed.

Summertime Activities For The Whole Family

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Pulse

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Summer time is many people’s favorite season for a number of reasons. The warm weather, days off school, and longer hours of sunlight are a perfect excuse to get the whole family outdoors. Whether you are home enjoying sometime as a family or on vacation together, there are plenty of wonderful summer time exercises that the whole family can enjoy together. Here are a few activities that the whole family can enjoy together this summer.

Camping

Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy one another’s company without the stress and distraction of day to day life. Camping, which is as inexpensive as it is fun, is a great way for kids to learn about nature and the environment. Different camp sites offer a number of different features. Some camping sites are less rustic than others an may include amenities like swimming pools or bike trails.

Other sites may have hiking trails or creeks that you and your family can make the most of. Camping is also a great way for kids to learn basic survival skills like how to start a fire. Camping is also a great way to cure insomnia.

Swimming

Swimming is a highly beneficial exercise. It is low impact, which means that everyone in the family can enjoy it, regardless of whether they have had any injuries.  Kids tend to love swimming for a variety of reasons: spending time at a local pool can be a great way to socialize as well as to play pool games and try perfecting their skills on the diving board. Swimming can also be done in a variety of settings, whether it is at a pool, lake or beach, it is always a good time for everyone.

Cycling and Scooter Riding

The best part of warm weather is being able to enjoy spending days and even nights outdoors. Cycling and riding are fun and adventurous activities that provide a healthy dose of physical activity and can be enjoyed by everyone from small children to parents.

Riding scooters also brings about the chance to explore a new or unfamiliar area or to take in parts of your hometown that you may not normally spend much time appreciating.

Baseball and Softball

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America’s pastime is for more than just watching. The warm summer months are a perfect time to get out into the park and arrange a family game. Baseball is a sport that is enjoyed by athletes of all types and skill levels and is the perfect game to be played at a summer picnic or barbeque. Even if you don’t have access to an official field, you can set up a game at a block party or play catch in your very own backyard.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Those who enjoy both water sports and exploring the great outdoors are perfectly suited for kayaking. Kayaking and canoeing are activities that build upper body strength and offer plenty of excitement. Kayaking along a river or stream is an unusual way to truly experience all that an outdoor area has to offer. Some parks offer camping facilities where campers can dock their boats and head from site to site.

Beach Volleyball

Everyone likes spending a day at the beach on a hot summer day. Younger kids can build sandcastles and collect sea shells while older kids can take on boogie boarding or body surfing, and parents can enjoy some relaxing time with a book or magazine. One beach activity that the whole family can enjoy is beach volleyball, which offers plenty of chances to work as a team while working up a sweat and enjoying the feel of sand beneath your toes along with the sound of waves crashing.

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App Developed To Help With Scooter Trick ‘How-Tos’

Posted on: April 25th, 2014 by Pulse

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In the past few years, freestyle scootering has become one of the most popular sports among athletes of all ages and skill levels. Like any sport, learning how to master scootering requires plenty of hard work and an insistence on continuing to practice even when you fall or a trick takes longer to learn than you may have expected.

When learning any sport, it is always highly valuable and worthwhile to have a coach or teacher there to guide you through any mistakes or challenges that you may face. It may not be realistic to have someone there to guide you through every step of learning to master the art of freestyle scootering, but a new app is making possible to have a handy guide with you whenever and wherever you choose to work out a new trick or continue to master an older one.

Riders App For All Kinds of Riders

The app that has recently been developed to help riders learn and master tricks is, appropriately, called Riders. It is available for both iPhones and iPads. In addition to containing a wealth of tips when it comes to scooter riding, it also offers resources for riders who are interested in a number of other sports including BMX biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, wakeboarding, skiing, and mountain biking.

Many athletes have found that there are a number of similarities between these sports, as they all use skills like balance, dexterity, and speed control in order for riders to complete tricks. All of these sports also share the common trait that practice and dedication are indispensable factors in achieving success and reaching new heights. This is why an app like Riders can make a big difference in helping a new rider improve.

App Has Many Features

Riders is a popular app for many scooter enthusiasts because in addition to offering a variety of tips on how to master a number of tricks, it allows users to track their progress with tricks. It also features a social networking aspect that allows for documentation of tricks in the form of photos and videos that can be shared, commented on, and reshared by friends and other riders in a user’s network.

This allows for inspiration when it comes to coming up with new tricks or finding a unique spin on an old one. The tracking feature is highly beneficial not only for getting a good grasp on one’s progress but also for helping to encourage riders to remain diligent about riding on a daily basis and sticking with a trick until they see progress.

Technology Changing to Meet the Demand of an Ever Evolving Sport

Freestyle scootering is perhaps the newest freestyle or extreme sport to receive wild popularity. The latest X-Games has featured demos from freestyle scooter riders and popular conventions like SD1 in San Diego or Scootfest in the United Kingdom have shown that there is indeed a huge group of people who are passionate not only about scooter riding but about connecting with other scooter enthusiasts.

Apps like Riders are a perfect way for the scooter riding community to connect with one another and to share thoughts, ideas, and enthusiasm for the sport they care so deeply for. As is the case with so many extreme and freestyle sports, much knowledge and progress related to scootering has been spread by way of viral videos. Most of scooter riding’s biggest stars have made a name for themselves with youtube videos that allow them to showcase their best tricks to their followers and other riders who are in their follower’s social and digital networks.

Starting Out With The Beginner Kick

Posted on: April 17th, 2014 by Pulse

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Whether you are an experienced athlete or just starting to take on physical activity and trick based sports, scooters are a fun and exciting way to experience many valuable sensations. From achieving high speeds to exploring new terrains to learning new an impressive tricks, learning how to ride a scooter is a hobby, sport, and past time that is enjoyed by people of all ages and experience levels.

As with any sport or skill, it is important to learn the basics by practicing as much as possible until you feel truly confident and comfortable moving onto a slightly more challenging trick or variation of a trick. In scooter riding, one of the most basic elements of any trick is a kick. Mastering a beginning kick will open the door to a world of tricks and combinations. Here are a few tips on how to master a beginning kick.

Mastering an Ollie

Ollies, which are also sometimes referred to as bunny hops in the scooter riding community, are one of the first skills that any new rider should master. Once you have learned how to do an ollie, you will be able to build on it and use that skill to do a number of very impressive tricks.

To successfully do an ollie, start by making sure that you feel stable on your scooter. Use your back foot to push off and then bring both feet back onto the deck. Once both feet are back and at the same time, lift up with both your feet and on the handle bars at the same time. Do this until you have mastered the art of getting your entire scooter off the ground.

Hippy Jump

A hippy jump is a great beginner trick because it is fairly easy to learn and will give you a good sense of understanding your own sense of balance and how that relates to your stance on the scooter. A hippy jump also helps build the skills necessary for more complicated tricks that require you to to bring your feet off of the deck.

Like a bunny hop, a hippy jump starts with you in motion. You should begin at slower speeds and work your way up from there. Simply lift both feet up at the same time and then return them to your deck. Once you feel comfortable with this you can work toward other variations, such as turning midair or even beginning to lift your hands at the same time as your feet.

Wheelies

Wheelies are tricks that exist in some form in almost every type of riding. Learning how to do a wheelie is important because it gives you an understanding of how your weight and balance affect the motion of your scooter. Wheelies are a good building block move because when you feel very comfortable with a wheelie, you can begin to incorporate things like spins and other types of motion which can make for tricks that are very fun to watch.

To learn how to do a wheelie, start with your feet in position and then bring your weight back onto your heels. Let the front wheels of your scooter pop up and then bring your balance back to your entire foot as you become stable again. You can practice this at a stationary position at first.

When you have a very good sense of where to put your balance, start to play with doing wheelies while in motion. You may then be able to start to incorporate swerving either way or doing wheelies on terrain. It is important to always wear safety gear no matter what trick you’re trying.

Freestyle Scootering From Past To Present

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is a sport that continues to rise in popularity year by year. Like its predecessors BMX biking and skateboarding, freestyle scootering is a sport that started out with a smaller group of avid enthusiasts and has grown as an increasing number of people become aware of the many exciting tricks that can be accomplished on a scooter. Here is a brief history of this ever expanding sport.

A Recreational Tool That Debuted in the 1990’s

The first freestyle scooters were designed by a man named Gino Tsai. His invention was then distributed in conjunction with two companies: Micro Mobility Systems and the JD Corporations. The scooters were then sold at The Sharper Image, a store that specializes in innovative gifts and other objects that are unusual or on the cutting edge.

Soon after their premiere, the scooters experienced wild popularity. In the year 2000, the scooters became a must have for recreational enthusiasts of all ages, and soon, a companies set up a manufacturing facilities across the country and began to produce the scooters in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and price point levels.

Scooters Used For Tricks and Videos

It didn’t take long for scooters to begin to cement their place as yet another popular freestyle sport. Within a year of scooters being available for sale, the first sponsored team had already been formed. This sponsored team began showcasing various tricks, many of which were familiar to fans of skateboarding or biking.

Versions of popular tricks like sliders and tailwhips were modified and took on a whole new form when performed on a scooter. Part of the rise in popularity of freestyle scootering included the release of the first freestyle scooter videos, the very first of which was called Razor Evolution.

Scooter Conventions

Freestyle scootering officially joined the ranks of being a recognized and highly popular sport when the first freestyle scootering convention took place. SD1, freestyle scootering’s first official convention, took place in San Diego, California. The convention, which drew scootering enthusiasts from around the world, continues to enjoy its place as one of the most popular and widely attended freestyle scootering conferences in the world.

One notable change that occurred at the first SD1 was that the form of scooters used in freestyle riding were altered. While the initial versions of the scooters had boards that were hinged and could fold, the scooters introduced at the convention featured “One Piece Decks,” meaning that the decks were comprised of a single metal piece, which continues to be the standard type of deck used for both professional and amateur freestyle scootering.

These decks, which are both lighter and more durable, tend to be better options for freestyle riders hoping to use their scooters to complete a series of tricks that allow them to go airborne or to ride over city terrain like stairs or park terrain like half pipes.

The Rise of Freestyle Scootering Celebrities

As with any major sport, celebrities began to emerge in the field of freestyle scootering. The Nitro Circus Tour, which has enjoyed tremendous popularity around the world for the past several years, helped launch the careers of many extreme athletes who use a wide variety of both conventional and unconventional vehicles to perform adrenaline inducing tricks.

The show, which was very successful as an MTV show, has toured the world to sold out audiences and acted as a wonderful showcase to famed scooter rider Ryan Williams, who is one of many scooter riders making a name for both himself and his sport as the audience for scooter riding continues to widen.

The Top 3 Flatland Scooter Tricks

Posted on: April 13th, 2014 by Pulse

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Freestyle scootering is one of the fastest growing sports around today. In the last ten years, the sport of freestyle scootering has evolved and grown in popularity in ways that continue to excite and inspire its enthusiasts. Like any popular sport, freestyle scootering has its own celebrities, such as Jon Reyes, who rides for Phoenix Pro. There are several different types of scootering, and they vary based on a number of factors, which are primarily centered around the terrain on which a rider rides.

One very popular type of riding, which is employed by Reyes, among many others, is flatland riding. Flatland riding occurs on flat surfaces, usually those that can easily be found in city surfaces, such as basketball courts or parking lots. One benefit of flatland riding is that it allows the rider to engage in a number of tricks which can be strung together to formulate combinations of tricks. Here are five of the top flatland scooter tricks.

1. Tailwhipping

Tailwhipping is a popular trick because it is visually impressive and can be learned fairly easily. This move has its roots in BMX biking but can be adapted very well to scootering. To learn how to tailwhip, the best method is usually to start out by mastering what is called a bunny hop.

To bunny hop, a rider should get used to hopping in the air with both feet on the scooter and then sticking the landing. Next, they can practice the tailwhipping motion by kicking the scooter away from them on the ground. Finally, they can combine the two movies by getting airborne with a bunny hop, kicking the scooter away in the air and then bringing both feet back to land.

2. Sliders

Sliders are popular tricks because of the fact that they can provide a great foundation for a number of exciting combinations and can be done at a variety of speeds. Sliders are also tricks that are perfect for flatland riders of all levels. To begin a slider, a rider should start by checking their body positioning.

The ideal position for a slider is low. Next, they should put their back foot on the brake. (Which foot is in the back will depend on which foot a rider favors. Those who ride regular will stand with their right foot back and vice versa.) After placing their foot, a rider will brake and use the momentum of their body to spin left, being careful to keep their front wheel on the ground.

3. No Hands

Because of the fact that freestyle scootering is so influenced by both BMX biking and skating, many popular tricks are reminiscent of those two sports. No hands uses similar skills to skating. One main difference, of course, is that the board on a scooter is much more slim and may be more challenging to balance on.

To successfully mastermproves  a no hands trick, riders should work on their balance by getting used to quickly taking one hand off of the bars at a time. When ready to try the trick, it’s best to start at a slow speed and make sure that one feels balanced and steady. Next, they should lift both hands off of the bars and use the weight of their feet to balance and maneuver the scooter.

The key to performing impressive flatland tricks is mastering basics like these. This gives riders a chance to begin to put together impressive combinations, which can be customized based on any rider’s strongest skills. All tricks should always be learned at low speeds to start and then sped up as a rider improves on them.

Fun Ways To Get Your Kids To Exercise

Posted on: April 11th, 2014 by Pulse

Physical activity is an important part of total health for people of all ages. For children, especially, the benefits of regular exercise are innumerable. Physically active kids have been shown to perform better in school and have a lower chance of becoming overweight and suffering from a number of other serious health issues as they get older. Getting kids in the habit of being physically active at an early age sets them up for a lifetime of healthy choices and can even help improve their self esteem. Getting kids to exercise regularly may be much easier than it seems. Here are some fun ways to get your kids to exercise without having it seem like work!

Encourage Them To Play Outdoor Games

Any parent knows that kids naturally have a lot of energy and like to be social. Use some of this energy by encouraging them to play outside. Take them to the park and let them play on the playground, ride a bike or a scooter. If you are with a bigger group of kids, teach them a game that can be played as a group, such as capture the flag or freeze tag. The more time kids spend outdoors, the more likely they are to be naturally physically active and to develop ways in which to find physical activities for themselves to do.

Cultivate Their Love For Sports

Team sports are a wonderful way for kids to get used to physical activity as well as to learn wonderful life skills like working together with others and doing their best in order to help the team. If your child is interested in professional sports, nurture their interest by setting up a basketball hoop in the yard or playing catch with them. This can also be a great way for you to get some physical activity in yourself, and for you to rediscover the sports you loved as a child.

Help Them Put Together a Dance Performance

Kids who are not as interested in sports can still be physically active. Dancing and gymnastics are both wonderful forms of physical activity that have a number of great benefits, including strength and flexibility. Encourage your kids to put on dance recitals, and be an audience member or offer to help them find music and costumes. Tell them to make up a story that goes along with the dance they are putting together and help them build an area in the yard where they can perform.

Explore Their Love For Nature

Combine their curiosity for nature by going on nature walks together. Talk to them about the different plants and animals you see, and encourage them to point out any trees or wildlife that you encounter. Read up on the area before you embark on your walk, and get them to ask questions about where you are going and what types of plants and animals thrive naturally. Get them in the habit of taking note of their surroundings and compare the area you’re hiking in to other areas you have explored.

Cross Country Scooter Ride Raises Awareness For Homelessness

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 by Pulse

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Dan Emery and Miles Cheung, two men from Augusta, Maine are raising money and awareness for hunger in quite an adventurous and unusual fashion. Emery and Cheung are taking a trip across the continental United States on motor scooters as a means of exploring agricultural solutions for hunger and raising awareness for a problem that strikes millions of people every day.

A Long Trip With an Important Message  

The two scooter enthusiasts will spend 48 weeks on the open road. As they take their time exploring the diverse landscapes that the United States has to offer, the pair hopes to garner some media attention in each region, and thus raise awareness for a the cause that is so near to them.

Trip Will Focus on Solutions as Well as Awareness

As Cheung and Emery travel on their scooters, they will be doing more than just bringing attention to hunger: they will be exploring real practical solutions for delivering food to those in need. Many of these solutions are based around innovative and potentially highly effective programs, such as gardens within schools or shared gardens in urban settings. These highly sustainable modes of combating hunger will focus on education and helping to spread knowledge surrounding basic agricultural techniques in the form of gardening, agriculture, and edible landscape classes.

Scooter Visits Will Be Targeted Toward Relevant Areas

Stops on the trip will almost exclusively be centered around areas and organizations who play an integral role in the fight to end hunger. These locations and organizations will include food banks, Rotary Clubs, homeless shelters, and community based credit unions. Cheung and Emery hope that by partnering with like-minded organizations, they will be able to affect real and significant change at a grassroots level across the entire nation.

Many of the organizations they will be working with have long been active in the fight against hunger and may greatly benefit from some of the publicity and social media attention garnered by the two scooter riders as they make their epic journey from state to state.

The Importance of Ending Hunger

Ending hunger is a goal that Emery, Cheung, and a great number of other socially conscious individuals feel very passionate about for a number of reasons. Emery has noted that ending hunger is an integral part of addressing other issues, especially as they relate to children and students because of the fact that when a child is hungry they are essentially incapable of effectively studying or paying attention in school.

Failure to be engaged in academics is related to a number of serious challenges later in life, including a risk of dropping out and facing lower pay and even joblessness and homelessness. Many parents of hungry children may be at a loss as to finding ways to end the vicious cycle of poverty, and a renewable, maintainable, agriculturally based solution may provide a real and long term solution to the debilitating problem of hunger.

The duo seems poised to be part of a year that will certainly be both memorable and effective.