Dallas Steffen | Staff Writer | 02/02/2011
The Bemidji Boarders Club, a new student organization dedicated to boarding sports such as snowboarding, wakeboarding and skateboarding, launched on January 25.
During the club’s inaugural meeting, members laid down its foundation by appointing titles. Jack Deleo was elected President and was excited to start the meeting. The club is new, but is organized and has members who are full of ideas for students and others on campus interested in board sports.
“An event we could try is going to National Go Skateboarding Day on June 21 in Minneapolis,” said Deleo to the group. “It would be cool to show President Hanson and his committee how many kids are involved in skateboarding.”
The club is for students who are experienced or interested in board sports.
“The club is for people who know how to board and want to board with other boarders or to try it as something new,” said Secretary Hilary Greening.
Greening and Deleo set some goals for the newly formed student organization.
“We want to organize trips. We want more people from the campus from all walks of life to join, and we are trying to get the ball rolling this year so we can do it for next year,” said Deleo.
“We want to do things like plan skateboard trips and competitions on campus, as well as snowboard demos and competitions,” suggested Greening.
Deleo believes a wide variety of people could join the club.
“The club isn’t related to a major, but the thing we have in common, that brings us together, is that we are on campus and an interest in boarding,” he said.
Deleo also hopes to give the club publicity.
“We are trying to get our name out there to people that ride or are interested in riding. We want to organize more troops,” he said.
The group is also developing fundraising ideas, such as hosting a movie night outside and projecting a boarding movie in the newly constructed Bemidji Skate Park. The club was even considering an all-night skate-off at the park.
“The skate park doesn’t have any lights,” said Deleo, “but we could rent some and put them up so we could skate and have a lock-in at the park and skate all night.”
Gaining support from other organizations is also an agenda of the Bemidji Boarders Club.
“We could get the Bemidji Youth Advisory Council and the Bemidji Bike and Skate Organization involved to plan an official sponsored day of skateboarding,” suggested Gaining.
The group was thrilled with the brainstorming session they held during their first meeting. The next meeting will be held on February 9 at 4 p.m. in the Lower Hobson Union, and is open to anyone interested in boarding sports.
“We are going to do a lot of fun stuff coming up,” said Deleo. “I can’t wait.”