When we recognise our interconnectedness and the fundamental dignity and equality of every human being, we help to build a world that is more accepting, secure and free. ~ President Obama
THE TEAM & OUR MISSION
The Sheckler Foundation was established in 2008 as a way for Ryan, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and action sports industry they love. Our mission is to support great causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, inspiring them to “Be the Change”!
Gretchen Sheckler-Hachee ~ “CEO and Director”
This mother of three active boys, holds a business degree from California State University, Fullerton, and is the CEO and director of The Sheckler Foundation. Gretchen has successfully managed the thriving career of her son, professional skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler. Anyone who knows Gretchen will tell you her most important role is that of being a mother. Gretchen LOVES to cook, garden, go camping and will hang her own Christmas lights on her two story home by herself. With a passion for children’s causes and being in the action sports industry for over a decade, Gretchen gives 100% of her heart and soul to The Sheckler Foundation’s mission.
Take a devoted wife and mother with a funky Bohemian style, mix in a frugal thrift store/Craigslist shopper, sprinkle in a Mother Earth mentality with a DIY attitude and you
will get a glimpse of Angelique Zaki. She lends comic relief to a situation one minute and provides spiritual advice, the next. It is not uncommon for her to dance through the office, belting out a fabulous rendition of a classic 80′s song. There is no job title broad enough to capture the many gifts and talents of this pint-sized powerhouse. With the motto “Anything is possible,” there is no stopping her either. Angelique truly embodies the Sheckler Foundation’s mission. The foundation is blessed to have her on staff.
Ryan stepped onto an old board belonging to his father when he was just eighteen months of age. From that point on, he took the board with him everywhere he went. In 1995 he came across his first quarter pipe at a buddy’s house in his native town, San Clemente. The rest as they say “is history.” Since turning pro at the age of 13, Ryan has dominated the contest circuit, bringing home just about every title there is. Amid being a Pro Skater, Hollywood has also taken a liking to Ryan, having been in four motion pictures, including The Tooth Fairy, Starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews. In 2007 MTV brought Ryan’s life to the television screen with his reality show, The Life of Ryan. Ryan has been honoured by his Fans, winning Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for Favourite Male Athlete in 2010 and MTV’s Teen Choice Awards for Male Action Sports Athlete in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009 Ryan, was honoured at the 24th Annual Sports Spectacular for his career achievements and philanthropic work with the Sheckler Foundation.
Learn more about all the members of The Sheckler Foundation
Eric Stricker Memorial Award
Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation were the recipients of this year’s Eric Stricker Memorial Award; honoured on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the 18th Annual Transworld SKATEboarding Awards. The Eric Stricker Memorial Award, in memory of TWS editor Eric Stricker, sets out to honour groups or individuals in the skateboarding industry that have shown a continued dedication to the positive growth, longevity and love of skateboarding.
Founded in 2008, the Sheckler Foundation is an avenue for Ryan, his family, friends and business associates to empower people to be the change they want to see in their communities.
“Be the Change”
In 2012, we launched our “Be the Change” initiative. This web-based program allows our supporters to nominate the areas where they want to see change occur in the lives of children and injured action sports athletes. Then our entire network can vote for the cause they’d not only like to see win, but will support. We love that our supporters now have a voice and a platform that help guide our fundraising and giving.
The Sheckler Foundation will come along side the winner giving them a $10,000 grant and help make their plans a reality!