Board for a Cause
Green Day and Actions Realized created skateboards that benefit Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland.
Courtesy of Actions Realized
Jim Thiebaud remembers when skateboarding gave him a purpose in life.
“In the seventh grade, I didn’t fit in,” says the lifelong Berkeley resident (pictured below, in middle). “Skateboarding was still kind of this fringe thing, but it gave me a sense of freedom that was important at that time.”
Thiebaud became a pro skater in the late 1980s, and then started his own company, Real Skateboards, in 1991. The company’s offshoot, Actions Realized, makes limited-edition skateboards to raise money for philanthropic causes, such as for Make-A-Wish patients and automobile accident victims.
Actions Realized recently teamed up with Thiebaud’s longtime friend rock star Billie Joe Armstrong to create skateboards featuring Armstrong and his Green Day bandmates. Each deck costs $50, and proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland.
“This was really just two friends doing something together to help people,” says Thiebaud. “I think that’s what we are supposed to do: We should use whatever talents we have to offer help to people who need it.”
For information, visit actionsrealized.com.