PHOENIX (KSAZ) - A big group of girls now have big smiles on their face, as they take part in a program that teaches them how to skateboard for free.
Every jump, every fall, every turn is a lesson for these young girls with the Skate Rising program in Phoenix.
"It's good to have these girls learn empowerment through skateboarding, but yet paying it forward in doing the service community project," said Stacey Lovell.
The girls are mastering not just skills on the wheels, but learning life skills as well. Volunteers like professional skater Natalie Das dedicated to helping and inspiring young girls.
"Compassion through service and empowerment through skateboarding," said Das.
Lovell, who leads Phoenix's Skate Rising program, was inspired by her own daughter, who she says had her life changed with skateboarding.
"I've just watched her evolve from a shy timid and quiet little girl, to just feeling empowered and having this major self-confidence," said Lovell.
Now, Lovell wants these girls to have the same opportunity. Along the way, they're teaching some lessons of their own.
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