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Journeys ATC Activates at Sad Summer Festival

Isn’t it ironic that Sad Summer Festival gives us SO MUCH to smile about?! Here’s yet another thing we can’t stop grinning from ear to ear about during this summer’s tour!

Journeys ATC, the community outreach team, got together to make a difference at the Nashville stop. The team, as well as other Journeys employees, worked with one of our favorite nonprofit partners, Can’d Aid, to build skateboards for underserved youth.

Can’d Aid is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting kids off their devices and outside. In the past, we’ve worked with Can’d Aid to put together art kits, and donate instruments, bikes, clean water, and skateboards to kids who need them most!

We love Can’d Aid because it’s based on fun but also centered around helping kids learn new skills and grow: like playing new instruments, dedicating time to explore their artistic talents, or getting outside to learn to skateboard.

We ultimately decided that Sad Summer Fest would be the perfect place for a skateboard build because so much of skate culture is rooted in music and Journeys fashion.

Together, the team built and donated 65 skateboards to teens and young people in the greater Nashville metropolitan area.

“It was an electric energy,” says Community Outreach Manager Bailey Saunders.

“You really can’t beat good music, good company, and doing some good for the community. I know the kids who get these boards are going to be so excited to have them in time for back to school,” Saunders said.

It’s safe to say that the summer isn’t ending so sad after all. If you didn’t get to hit a stop on the Sad Summer Fest tour, be sure to follow @journeys and @sadsummerfest for plenty of recap footage and content!

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