Boise Skateboarding Competition Goes Big to Raise Awareness for Addiction 

Skateboarding is only the tip of the iceberg at Fall Into Fort 2017.

Kelsey Hawes

Skateboarding is only the tip of the iceberg at Fall Into Fort 2017.

The Boardroom, a go-to local skate and snowboard shop, has hosted the Fall Into Fort skateboarding competition at Fort Street Skate Park for six years running. While past gatherings were limited to die-hard fans and competitors, the 2017 event on Saturday, Sept. 23, is going bigger and bolder, supplementing the showdown with food trucks, art booths, live music, sumo wrestling, a social bike ride, monster boxing and more—all to raise awareness for addiction and local resources for recovery.

September is National Recovery Month, and, according to Brandt Gibson, founder and director of local zero-tolerance house River Sober Living, the perfect time to launch a new kind of recovery-centric event, one that will reach beyond the community in recovery and touch those still in need. Gibson contacted The Boardroom, which passed him the reigns on FIF.

"What I wanted to do was put together an event that would appeal to the general public, and get them to have a great time," Gibson said. "Then, when they're there, say 'Oh, by the way, if you happen to know of somebody who's struggling right now with addiction or alcoholism, here's a handful of resources.'"

RSL will work with myriad other groups—including Zelus Recovery, Recovery for Life, Ignite208 and Acqua Recovery Center—to raise awareness at the event, and local organizations like Boise Bicycle Project, Boise Hive, Rocky Mountain Audio Visual Inc. and Radio Boise will provide pro-bono entertainment.

"I'm not making a dollar. No one in the event is making any money," said Gibson, whose goal is to raise awareness, not funds. "All of the money that I raised in sponsorships and through the people who are paying a few bucks to have a booth rental is going toward cost."

The party kicks off at 11 a.m. with a family bike ride beginning at BBP headquarters on Lusk Street and ending at the skate park, where festivities will run from noon to 4 p.m. Whether you're in recovery yourself, know someone who would benefit from more information or just want to have a good time, FIF is ready to help.

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