On Wednesday, the Chill Foundation hosted its annual charity golf tournament to aid disadvantaged youths ages 10 to 18. Professional snowboarders, surfers and celebrities teed off to an afternoon of golf and evening of dinner while raising funds for the Foundation’s program which provides snowboarding opportunities to at-risk inner city youth.

Participants in the event included athletes Rob Machado, Keir Dillon, Jussi Oksanen, Dave Downing, Timmy Curran, Benji Weatherley and actors Josh Henderson and Lou Giovannetti.

Chill was founded by Jake Burton and the Burton snowboard company in 1995 to bring snowboarding to kids who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity. Since its inception, Chill has touched the lives of over 12,000 underprivileged kids.

Each winter, in 14 different cities across North America, Chill takes 170 kids to the slopes once a week for six weeks and provides them with everything they need to learn to ride: lift tickets, lessons, transportation, and head-to-toe gear. Chill uses the vehicle of snowboarding to help kids accomplish goals they never thought they could, while teaching them some of the most important lessons of life— patience, persistence, responsibility, courage, integrity, and pride—all through positive adult role models who treat the kids with respect and encouragement. Additional information available at www.chill.org.

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