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June 8th, 2016 - Dream Big Library Event
What a great day! Many thanks to all those who came to my book signing event at the Cardington Library. There were so many electric smiles and positive vibes. There was a sentimental spark in the air with this little town being steps away from Mt. Gilead where my parents fell in love and where all my family roots are based. My great aunt Jeanne made a surprise appearance and it meant a lot to me. After the event the mayor requested to visit with me about updates to their local skatepark then I finished off the day skating with the local skaters. Tomorrow I'm heading back to my hometown to speak to the Boys and Girls Club. No need to unpack the gear! Till next time!
May 23rd, 2016 - Riverview Elementary
I had a great afternoon speaking to the students of Riverview Elementary in Munroe Falls today. What a great group! Many thanks to the Riverview PTA for making it happen. Lots of smiles and inspired kiddos! So much happening this summer with the release of my 5th book and events. Stay tuned! - Doug
May 11th, 2016 - ABC Skateboard Day, New Kids Book!
Adventure from A through Z with a fun optimistic skateboarder. Spend the day learning the alphabet while making good choices along the way. Proud to announce my new children's book ABC Skateboard Day will be in stores next week! This has been a big project of mine I've been working on for sometime now. I did all 26 illustrations and put my heart into this. You can order directly from
www.dougbrownbooks.com All copies from that site will be personally signed. - Doug Brown
April 16th, 2016 - Holly House Fundraiser
Today I will be making an appearance and doing a book signing at the Holly House fundraiser. The Holly House Project is awesome. They help the homeless and provide affordable housing options for families. Stoked to be working with the Wayne Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition. This is the logo I created that they chose to use. Where there are drugs in a community there is human trafficking. This is a huge problem that needs addressed and too many communities are pushing this issue to the side. Stay tuned for more information about Watch and what you can do to get involved. Many thanks to Mary Anne Belanger, The Children's Advocacy Center and One Eighty. - Doug
April 13th, 2016 - Child Abuse Prevention Month
Today I'm skating in blue! Today is WEAR BLUE Day for Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is an annual statewide awareness campaign to encourage Ohioans to wear blue to show support for preventing child abuse and neglect. Please support our voiceless victims by wearing blue! Also had a great time walking in the "Walk for Child Abuse" with Wayne County Children Services and the Wayne County Children's Advocacy Center. We can't forget that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and never forget the small acts that help protect children and strengthen families. We must do all we can to prevent the abuse and neglect of children. - Doug
March 10th, 2016 - Fundraisers and More!
It's been a busy few months. I'm still skating all the time, no slowing down. Excited with the news that Outbreak Boards will be releasing my new pro model this spring in celebration of my four year sponsorship with the company! Very thankful for Matt and all the crew at Outbreak for all their support. I've been doing a lot of different events from partaking in Zumba fundraisers to speaking all over the place, and donating countless items from my career to raise money for several causes. A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit Edgewood middle school. I was there back in 1987-88. Was surreal to walk the halls again. They arranged for me to visit and help out a very special student as an interventionist. Happy to help out West Hill Baptist Church by donating some signed goods for their fundraiser. Many thanks to Jenn Joy for setting it up! It was rewarding doing a book signing with the Student Parent Teacher Organization fundraiser. I proudly continue to wear more hats than just "skateboarder" I'm now a member of the Opiate Task Force and the Circle Coalition. It's been awesome being involved in this type of outreach and I'm thankful my skateboarding career has led me here. - Doug
Deccember 16th, 2015 - A Christmas Reading
What an amazing night. So many thanks to the friends and families that came out to my Christmas Reading. So many hearts filled the room and special moments transpired for me and hopefully my audience. Many thanks to Javin Ware and Carissa Engle for their contributions to the evening. This was a night I will always cherish and remember! - Doug
December 15th, 2015 - Book Reading with the Latchkey Kids
What a great afternoon reading and speaking to the Latchkey Kids and the Giggle Group at Wooster Township school. Things have been very busy with my new children's book The Skater's Night Before Christmas. So much planned for 2016, stay posted! - Doug
December 11th, 2015 - Chirstmas in Cardington
Had an amazing day yesterday at the Christmas in Cardington book signing event! I got to bring my father. What made the visit so special was the neighboring town of Mt. Gilead is where my parents grew up and we got to visit and even stop by my mother's grave. My dad hadn't been back to the area in some time. He ran into a lot of people from his past in Mt. Gilead and even at the book signing. To hear the old stories was heart warming. Was glad to have him beside me on this adventure. Thanks to all the friends and fans that came out and joined me in this special evening I will always remember. - Doug
December 5th, 2015 - Make A Wish Zumbathon
Had an amazing time this afternoon at the Make a Wish Zumbathon. Happy to donate some toys and my new children's book to benefit the Wayne County Children's Services Make a Wish program. - Doug
November 19th, 2015 - Women's Empowerment Gradution Ceremony
I had an amazing afternoon speaking at the Women's Empowerment graduation ceremony. What a great group and very proud of these ladies for their achievements. It was an emotional speech that left many in tears and even I got choked up. Speaking of my mother and her achievements pushed me to go many places in my messages I delivered. Was also great to see so many important community members that support this group. Was honored to be invited to speak. Many warm thanks.
November 7th, 2015 - The Skater's Night Before Christmas
New Christmas book now available! My new Skater's Night Before Christmas can be seen in the December issue of Thrasher Magazine.
Click here to order direct. What's that? The sound of a skateboard on top of the roof being pushed by a reindeer hoof? Santa Claus is delivering his toys in a brand new way. He's loaded up skate goodies to the brim of his sleigh. This year Christmas will sparkle a surprise. When you peek out to see Santa you may not believe your eyes
October 30th, 2015 - The Doug Brown DVD Box Set.
Click here to order directly through the official online shop.
October 10th, 2015 - Shelby Skate Comp.
Had a great event today in Shelby. I've done events all over the country, big and small. But it's always these smaller towns that have the biggest pulsating hearts. I got the chance today to meet some special families that shared their stories. I met foster kids and kids going through adversity. After the event I had so many parents give me a sincere handshake of gratitude for me being there. Hopefully today I've planted some seeds of inspiration and hope. Thanks to Lamar Melton, Connie Adams, and photographer Brandon Baker for the photos. So much ahead, stay tuned!
September 18th, 2015 - Athletes for Hope "Active Schools Week"
Had a great afternoon today visiting Melrose Elementary in my hometown for Athletes for Hope's "Athletes for Active Schools" week. Special thanks to Mrs. Stoops and her fourth graders for having me join in their gym class! Thanks everyone who joined in the all-star lineup of athletes, charities, and fans for the AFH Twitter chat event. Lots ahead, stay tuned! Doug
September 5th, 2015 - Fall Fest 2015
What a great day at the office! The first annual Fall Fest was a success! Thanks everyone for coming out today in the blistering temperatures and making it such a great time. Also thanks to Wooster Skateshop and Zakk Sheehan for putting this all together. Lots of smiling faces and some seriously good shredding! Stay tuned! Doug
September 1st, 2015 - Ripclear New Sponsor
Proud to announce one of my new sponsors is Ripclear out of Oregon. Lots of things planned with these folks!
Click here to read the Ripclear interview. So much ahead on the radar! I've been busy skating more than ever. Till next time! Doug
August 29th, 2015 - Connecting by Wheels
I met a lot of people today at the Holmesville Homecoming but no one had as big of a smile as my buddy Elijah. I told him about some people I knew out west that were in wheel chairs that rode skateparks, he was all about it. Our wheels connected us. Till next time! Doug
August 20th, 2015 - Baja West Coast Kitchen
Today I had the pleasure of visiting the Baja West Coast Kitchen in Orrville where they have displayed one of my autographed skateboards on their walls. Many thanks to Diane Jerrett and the whole crew at Baja. The food is amazing and worth checking out! It's been an awesome summer filled with lots of skating. Be sure to check out the tour page for upcoming events. I have a new sponsor to be announced soon! Till next time! Doug
July 11th, 2015 - New Pro Model Now Available!
Today my new pro model skateboard came out, "Canopic Jars" as part of Outbreak Boards Sun God series. This is my 14th pro model. Stoked. Available at all skate shops and direct through Outbreak.
Click here to order direct. Click here to view full size. It's been a great summer. Just came back from a week in the mountains. Made it to the top of Bald Knob. It's the highest summit of Back Allegheny Mountain in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. I got to spend my 42nd birthday in the mountains. Many thanks to friends and family for the birthday wishes! Lots of exciting things ahead, stay tuned! - Doug
July 3rd, 2015 - Beyond the Board Exhibit Takes Flight!
That's right folks, items from my career are now on display. The Beyond the Board exhibit has begun in my hometown of Wooster at the Wayne County Public Library. The exhibit runs from now till the end of July. The exhibit is located in the central gallery near the back entrance. I'm promoting my new book and literacy through different libraries throughout the summer.
June 27th, 2015 - Cardington Street Festival
Had a an amazing weekend at the Cardington Street Festival. The weather held out for us for the skate contest and festivities. So many new and familiar faces. I've been doing this event for over 10 years now. It's near the town of Mt.Gilead where all my family roots are based and where my parents grew up and fell in love. The first year I did this event all my grandparents where there to attend and see me in my element. They have all since passed but I felt their presence throughout the day. Thanks to the Friends of Cardington and everyone involved in the event.
June 23rd, 2015 - Childtime Learning Center Michigan
Had an amazing day speaking to the kids at the Childtime Learning Center in Michigan. So many smiling faces and a very receptive audience. It was well worth the long drive. Mission accomplished. Back on the road!
June 21st, 2015 - National Go Skate Day!
I started skated in 1986 in good ol' Wooster Ohio. Lots of places and events I could spend on national Go Skateboarding Day today. I chose to spend it where I first started pushing wood. Thanks to all the skaters and supporters that came out to join in the fun! Congratulations to all the winners. Great day, great vibes, great skating, great weather.
une 13th, 2015 - Willard Showdown 2015 Skateboard Contest
The Willard Showdown skate competition was a blast yesterday. Thanks everyone who came out for the event. They said rain all week but the skate Gods let us have pure sunshine. Great vibes, great skating, great people. Next week is national Go Skateboarding Day. Check tour dates for more info! - Doug
June 12th, 2015 - Orrville Boys and Girls Club
Summer is off to a great start! Last week I did a book signing with Authors for Cause. Spoke yesterday at the Boys and Girls Club in Orrville to some awesome awesome receptive kids. Full calander this summer, stay tuned! - Doug
April 15th, 2015 - Pinwheels for Prevention, Donations, Akron Children's Hospital, Howard Jones
(top left) A pinwheel from the Wayne County Children's Advocacy Center in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. The pinwheels are a representation of how it requires everyone coming together to protect children. (top right) March 4th, On the road today, be sure to stop by West Hill Baptist today from 9-4pm for their mission trip auction. I have donated a framed signed poster, helmet and book to help the cause. (bottom left) March 2nd, I visited Akron Children's Hospital last night. These kids have the strength and courage of thunder. Truly remarkable. Words can't explain how the parents feel and the shock they are going through. To have their dream child in critical condition teetering the line of life and death. (bottom right) March 15th, Truly an amazing weekend on the road. Great friends, adventures and most of all reconntecting with my musical father Howard Jones! Lots ahead for the spring and summer! Stay tuned! - Doug
February 26th, 2015 - Celebration of Nations
2015 is off to a great start. I'm deeper into writing my 4th book and booking lots of eclectic events. Today I had an amazing event at Shisler Center at the Celebration of Nations, dancing Zumba alongside Debora Galaz and Maria Gonzalez. It's hard to believe it was 10 years ago I was touring with the Newsboys, had my face on X-Air deodorant and body wash bottles in stores across the nation. Where has the time gone? I'm blessed to still be a professional athlete and the snowball of events and memories that have taken place. Lots of fun events ahead, stay tuned! - Doug
December 31st, 2014 - Happy New Year!
Best of 2014! Thanks to everyone who helped make 2014 a great success. Many thanks to all my friends, sponsors, and all the special people that populate my small bubble. Thank you, truly. - Doug
December 25th, 2014 - Merry Christmas!
November 26th, 2014 - Smithville Middle School
Had an amazing afternoon with the students of Smithville Middle School. The audience was beyond receptive to my words and energy. The school theme today was that of gratitude and thanks which was simple to weave into my presentation. So much to be thankful for in life. Today was special. And tomorrow is Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thankful for the close friends and family that are there for the good times and the bad times. I'm thankful for the here and now. I'm grateful to be in a position to reach others. Thankful for my timeline of events that has led me here. I'm thankful for all the inspirational people I've met in my travels. - Doug
October 25th, 2014 - Miles for Madison/Strides for Shannon
Today's event Miles for Madison/Strides for Shannon turned out amazing. The autumn's warmth allowed for an enlightening 5K for well over 550 participants. So many warm faces and hearts were on hand. I made some friends and fans and encouraged many smiles. The strongest and definitive moment of the evening for me was connecting with Shannon's mother as she was leaving the venue. I had words of compassion and thankfulness to her for inviting me to be a part of the fundraiser. Her eye contact and lightening grip handshake of a strong mother jolted me. Her daughter died of the same type of cancer my mother died of. I was scheduled to meet Shannon at the children's hospital days before her passing. Her mother informed me that Shannon and her brother had met me before at a skate event and securely saved their autographs of me. Shannon's mother and I never spoke a word to each other before this moment however that long handshake which transpired into a holding said volumes. Though no longer with us, those who pass on are very much still within us and everyone their lives have touched. Love lives on. Many events ahead! - Doug
October 15th, 2014 - Speaking at Waterbury Boys & Girls Club
Spoke to the great kids at Bgc Waterbury Boys & Girls club. They were full of energy and so receptive to my program. Many thanks to Manny, Janet, and Derek for your help today. Catching a plane tomorrow morning.Working out at my hotel tonight I got sentimental about my days here in Connecticut. It's the 7th year Southington's Play it Again Sports has flown me out for events. It's been a flood of memories. Past few days speaking to so many kids and signing posters to each and every one of them. Hopefully planting seeds of inspiration. My brain, heart, and skateboard landed me here. 5am tomorrow I'll be boarding a plane for Baltimore, more events ahead. Much thanks to Janet and the PIAS crew for everything! Feeling grateful.- Doug
October 14th, 2014 - Speaking at Junior Republic School and Meriden Boys & Girls Club
Today was a busy one. Had a great time speaking to the teens at CT's Jr. Republic school. Then it was straight to the Meriden Boys & Girls club to speak. What a great energized bunch! Many thanks to Janet and Sierra for helping with everything. Tomorrow I'll be speaking at another Boys & Girls club. Back to the hotel for some sleep. Till next time!- Doug
October 13th, 2014 - Bristol Boys & Girls Club and Play it Again Sports Store In-Store Signing
Flew in last night into Hartford Connecticut for some events. What an amazing day speaking to the kids at Bristol's Connecticut Boys & Girls club went great. What an awesome group! The PIAS in-store signing was a blast, thanks everyone who came out. Ended the night with dinner at JD's Pizza with the PIAS crew. Back to the hotel. More events tommorow!- Doug
September 10th, 2014 - Bay Village Library
Things are going very well. Book sales continue to be strong and my new pro model 'Innerscape' by Outbreak is selling well. Today I spoke at the Bay Village Library. What a great group of kids. The event started with them chanting my name which was a nice warm welcome. Many thanks to everyone who came out to hear me speak. Great day! - Doug
September 5th, 2014 - Lodi School Visit
Today I visited Miss Rachel's class. The kids were a ball of energy stoked on my skateboarding. I'll be visiting a series of schools throughout the fall this year. I'm very passionate about reaching the youth through my words and my skateboarding. Staying positive, Doug
August 13th, 2014 - Front Page for New Pro Model
My new pro model deck Innerscape by Outbreak Boards has found its way to the front page of the Wooster Weekly.
Click here to read the full article. Stoked on the release of this new deck drawn by the talents of my artist friend Carissa Engle. Click here to order it direct from Outbreak. Many events ahead, it's an exciting time. Till next time! Doug
August 5th, 2014 - Honorary Member of the Learning Garden
On July 17th I got invited to the Learning Garden and they made me an honorary member of their camp group. They gave me a member shirt with all their signatures and gave me the name "General Skatewalker" How perfect. Many thanks to Brad, the camp counselors and all the kids at the Learning Garden. My new pro model "Innerscape" by Outbreak Boards is now in skateshops across the nation.
Click here to order it direct from Outbreak. On August 16th I will be hosted a skate contest in Lexington. Click here for info. Lots of events and happenings ahead, stay tuned! Doug
July 15th, 2014 - Wooster Boys and Girls Club
What and amazing afternoon! I spoke to my hometown's Boys & Girls Club at Edgewood Middle School. I speak at Boys & Girls clubs all over the nation, it was extra special talking to this one in my hometown. To add to the sentimental mix this building was where I went to junior high. These kids were great!
July 10th, 2014 - Akron Children's Hospital and Birthday
I had an amazing birthday! Thank you everyone for your very kind birthday wishes. I spent the day at the Akron Children's Hospital visiting the kids. I always go to inspire them but they end up inspiring me. After the visits it was onto a day of mountain biking and skating. To top the evening off I got to meet actor and comedian Rain Pryor - Richard Pryor's daughter. I couldn't of asked for a better birthday. Many events ahead, stay tuned! Doug
June 28th, 2014 - Cardington Street Fair and skate competition
Today was the Cardington Street Fair. I've done this event for many years. I'm so stoked to still be a part of it all. They jetted me down here and got me a hotel for a couple nights. The skate contest I hosted was a blast, plenty of great talent. I then was a judge for the talent competition then got to jump on stage with the band Oolong Gurus for their final song, then finished off the night with fireworks. Was great to meet so many new people and see some familiar friends and fans. Back on the road tomorrow. - Doug
June 21st, 2014 - Go Skate Day!
Today was national Go Skateboarding Day! It's like Christmas for skateboarders. Every year I get invited to do this event all over but every year I chose my hometown to spend this skate holiday. I grew up skating the streets of Wooster. I've skated the globe but I always have a skate spot in my heart for good ol' Wooster. It was a great day of skating and rockin out with DJ Shadow Fox. Many events ahead! - Doug
June 16th, 2014 - New pro model "Innerscape"
I'm very excited to introduce my new pro model skateboard "Innerscape" by Outbreak Boards. Artwork by the very talented Carissa Engle. It's been a long time in the making. I couldn't be more happy with the deck. Outbreak will be releasing it soon with their 2014 Summer Collection Line.
Click here to view full size. Stay tuned! - Doug
June 14th, 2014 - Willard Showdown Skate Comp
I had a great time at the Willard Showdown skate event today. Great vibes, great weather, great skating. Thanks to Joe from J2 Skate Ministry and everyone that came out to enjoy the day with us. It's been a great weekend of events and travel. Sun burnt and tired but well worth it. - Doug
June 13th, 2014 - Learning Garden Summer Camp
I had an amazing day today with the campers from the Learning Garden. Upon my arrival they were chanting my name, a very warm energetic welcome. They were so receptive to my speech and had a slew of great questions. Dodging the rain we headed across the field after my speech to the Valleyview Skatepark so I could give a demonstration and skate with some of the campers. Many thanks to Brad Smith, the camp counselors, campers, and everyone from the Learning Garden.- Doug
May 26th 2014 - Memorial Day Service Featured Speaker
I had a great day being the featured speaker at Dalton's Memorial Day service. Nothing felt better than getting sincere hand shakes from people in the community that enjoyed my words. I put my heart into my delivery. Special thanks to the Boy Scouts 922 for inviting me to be the speaker for today. I was very honored to be chosen to speak to the citizens and veterans and to pay homage to America’s finest men and women who gave their lives in defense of freedom. I'm living an American dream, and I have them to thank. Many more updates ahead. I have a new pro model coming out with Outbreak Boards next month. Some pretty exciting tour dates to report also, stay tuned! - Doug
March 21st 2014 - Schmid Hall Book Signing
What a great signing at Schmid Hall. I'm thrilled to have the new book out. It was a long journey in writing it, but it has paid off in a big way. Lots ahead for the spring and summer of 2014. Many thanks to everyone who came out for the book signing. My book is now in all major book stores however if you get it directly from
www.beyondtheboard.net it will be personally signed from me to you. Till next time, Doug.
March 2nd 2014 - New Book ON SALE NOW!!
Everyone assumes writing your life story is easy and everyone has it in them. It's much harder than one thinks, especially to do it properly. The world stops, it's not a write here or there kind of thing. Friends and family ask where you've been. Go to bed 4am, relive the hardest moments of your life in detail, get in the zone. Deaths, highs, lows. Talk to ex girlfriends (the ones willing to talk) about why things might have gone sour. It's all bleeding emotionally. To be honest and vulnerable. But, totally worth it in the end. I've reached many with my other books and the goal will be the same this round. To inspire, to connect, to change, to grow. Stay tuned, the book will in all major book chains in a couple months but is on sale NOW exclusively at www.beyondtheboard.net
January 15th 2014 - Give-away and Athletes for Hope Twitter Chat
Congratulations to Emmitt Taylor the winner of the complete skateboard contest I hosted on Facebook. In conjunction with Acres of Fun, Danny Badertscher and myself presented Emmitt with the board tonight. When his father told him he had won Emmitt thought he was joking, he assured him he wasn't and the next minute they packed the family up and met up with me. I made sure to get them all skates and we made a fun night out of it. Many thanks to Danny and Acres of Fun for everything. As an all star member of Athletes for Hope I will be a guest on their first Twitter Chat. In honor of MLK Jr. Day, we will be talking about how and when to engage young athletes in volunteerism. Event is 1/20/14 at 12-1pm EST. Follow along on Twitter by hashtag #AFHService or @Ath4Hope. Lots ahead for 2014, stay tuned! Doug
Best of 2013
 
Novemeber 21st 2013 - Alliance and Updates!
I think I succeeded in bringing the sunshine to the city of Alliance today, the audience was great. So many good vibes. The stories some of the people shared after the program how my speech reached them, priceless. Nothing beats the relationship I have with the audience, I can't explain how good the connection was. Feeling grateful, thank you Alliance. Completely stoked to be a pro rider for Triple 8 Helmets which provided helmets for those in need for the Variety Children's Charity, and Variety Children's has teamed up with Star Wars... be sure to check out their new commercial, you will see Triple 8 Helmets. My new Christmas CD - I've selected 33 classic songs to perform on classical guitar with my original arrangements. Hope it adds to your holidays!
Order here Last weekend was the Holidays for Hunger 2013, it was a success, so many more events ahead, stay tuned! Doug
Novemeber 4th 2013 - 4-H Junior Leaders Club
I had a great evening speaking to the teen 4-H Junior Leaders Club. Such a great audience, all the stories that came up. One of the teachers had been with 4H for many years and remembered my mother when she was a nurse for the 4H summer camps, was a nice touching story. They had lots of good questions and were very assertive to my program. While signing a poster for a young lady she made sure to tell me that she was born on April 9th, with a gleam in her eye, this was the same day my mother passed away. Was the perfect ending to the evening, life and death... living for today, living for those who are no longer with us. Lots of special moments happened tonight.
October 24th 2013 - John R. Lea Middle School
I had a great time speaking today at John R. Lea middle school, they were a great receptive, warm audience. I speak all the time but it never gets old. I'm truly lucky to be in such a position to give back and inspire. Today was amazing.
October 14th 2013 - Meriden Boys & Girls Club & In store signing
Had a great time speaking to the Boys & Girls Club in Meriden today. So many smiles and good vibes from the kids and staff. Next it was onto my signing at the Play it Again Sports store in Southington. The PIAS crew had a couple hours to spare between events so they took me up to the scenic overlook called Castle Craig. The view was breath taking, very serene and provided a nice break from the fast pace of the past few days. The in store signing was a blast, meeting so many new people and seeing some familiar faces as well. The in store ended with our traditional guitar jam with the owner John. After the event the PIAS crew took us all out for dinner to celebrate the weeks events. They even provided me a belated birthday by having the servers at the restaurant sing me happy birthday. There were so many special moments on this trip from visiting the Children's Medical Center to having a Hibachi dinner my first night in Connecticut. My skateboard put me in this position but my words, actions, efforts, people, and my heart and love for reaching others has kept me here. Past week and weekend were truly amazing, many thanks to everyone who came to events and Janet and John from Play it Again Sports in Southington. I'll sleep well tonight. Boarding a plane tomorrow morning. Till next time, Doug
October 12th 2013 - Connecticut Special Olympics Fundraiser
I had an amazing day working with the Waterbury Police Department and their fundraiser for the CT Special Olympics. I was very happy to help out today, seeing many smiles, getting to skate for the kids, awesome. Was great to see some familiar faces from last year and to meet many new ones this year. Tomorrow morning I'll be visiting kids at the children's hospital. It's hard to put into words about everything I've done the past few days, it's been unreal... with much more ahead.
October 11th 2013 - Bristol Boys & Girls Club
Today was awesome! I was picked up from my hotel then went straight to the Bristol CT skate park, it was a great cement park with great vibes. After signing some autographs it was on to our next stop. I spoke to the Boys & Girls club of Bristol. This was a great group, all ages I definitely felt my efforts reached them, they were an amazing group, the staff... everyone. Tomorrow is a huge event with the local police we are doing a big fundraiser for the Special Olympics. I'm off to dinner, what a special day.
October 10th 2013 - Waterbury Boys & Girls Club in Connecticut
My day started today with a plane ride from Cleveland to Hartford Connecticut. From there the Play it Again Sports Southington dove me direct to the Waterbury Boys & Girls Club to speak. After my speech a young man looked up at me and said, "I wanna be just like you." It does reach my soul to see and hear that I've impacted someone, it's why I continue to do what I do. Tomorrow afternoon I'll be speaking to another Boys & Girls club in Bristol CT. This is the 6th year the PIAS has flown me out to do events with them. Back to the hotel for some sleep.
October 4th 2013 - Young Elementary in Akron
Today was great! I got to speak to the students of Young Elementary in Springfield township. The energy and the excitement of these kids was contagious. They were very receptive to my program. After the presentation they invited me to have lunch with the whole school and have an autograph session with well over 300 kids. I made sure everyone left with a smile, an autograph, and hopefully some inspiration and hope from my speech, encouraging them to follow their dreams and believe in themselves. Mission accomplished today. Next week I'll be boarding a plane for Connecticut, this will be my 6th year visiting with the Play it Again Sports chain, they have me visiting hospitals, schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, camps, and an in-store signing in Southington. Till then, Doug
October 2nd 2013 - Lady Mustangs Win!
Congratulations to the Lady Mustangs for winning tonight! It was an honor to be along side coach Felton and his nationally ranked team during this big game! Coach Felton and the team have made me their team theme for this season. They've adopted my 'capture the moment' philosophy to motivate them during their games. They have a skateboard for each game that a player gets to sign chosen by the coach as a VP team member by 'capturing the moment' during the game. I can't thank coach Felton and the whole team enough for making me a part of their season, it was an honor.
October 1st 2013 - Meet and Greet at Montage
Wow, where do I begin on tonight? Thank you everyone who came out to Montage for the meet and greet. I do a lot of speaking events and this one stood out, the fans, the energy... It was a special night for sure. It was just one of those events where you know you reached your audience and made a true positive impact on them. Thanks again. This is a busy busy month, lots more to come.

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