Help the Kids Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Throughout the ‘90s, Rene Lecour was known around South Beach as DJ Sugar. And like many of those who crawl by night, he got caught up in the party life. Flash-forward a decade and Lecour is a clean-living, hard-working single father of two who supports his family with a full-time gig at the nonprofit Base Camp Miami, home of the South Florida Parenting magazine-approved Grove Skatepark. Last summer, Lecour began tutoring 24 inner-city kids on the fundamentals of skateboarding and was immediately struck by their desire to learn, as well as their need to have an adult around who cared. But what most struck Lecour was the look on the faces of his de facto progeny when they were given a board, some pads and a helmet, and the freedom to skate.

Unfortunately, these inner-city youths don’t have the resources to buy their own equipment. And despite all of its great efforts, Base Camp Miami is finding itself stretched thin. So this Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Peacock Park, Grove Skatepark will hold a blowout fundraiserin conjunction with Family Resource Center. There’ll be live music, DJs, raffles, contests, an art auction, and even a commissioner (Joe Sanchez). Best of all, there’ll be a chance for you to help give some kids a chance to actually be kids again.
Sun., May 24, 1-6 p.m., 2009

 
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