About Us

Improving lives through skateboarding.

Mission Statement: Board Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to providing skateboards & safety equipment to organizations that work with underprivileged and/or at-risk children and to organizations that work with special needs children.

The donations we make to organizations are made possible because of support from our generous partners, and monetary donations from individuals and corporations.

At its core, skateboarding is about getting outside, getting some exercise and having fun, but it can also teach kids many skills that can be applied in day-to-day life:

    • Build self-confidence
    • Adapt to a variety of environments
    • Interact with others in a positive manner
    • Learn to focus which can help in their academics
    • Demonstrate that hard work and dedication create results
    • Reap health benefits of outdoor physical activity
Where does Board Rescue operate?

We help youth organizations in the United States only.

Are the Board members of Board Rescue paid a salary?

Nope—we are all volunteers!

What year did you begin operations and where are you located?

2008 in Palo Alto, California.

Do you give equipment, boards, or safety gear to individuals?

Sorry, but we only work with organizations. Check your local area for programs that may offer equipment directly to individuals.

I’d like to volunteer, how can I help?

We’re fully staffed, but send us an email if you have any special skills you think would help.

Board of Directors and Volunteers

Gary Holl

President/Founder
Skateboarding since 1975

Doug Conklyn

Vice President
Skateboarding since 1976

Erik Takaoka

Treasurer and Secretary
Skateboarding since 1975

Chris Adams

Director of Technology
Can’t skate to save his life