In 2008, the foundation began as an avenue for Ryan Sheckler, his family, friends and business associates to give back to the community and industry that they are so grateful for. Now we have grown into a nationally recognized charity that attracted over 13 million social media followers to our last event. Fueled by the desire to contribute to the many causes that directly benefit and enrich the lives of children and injured action sports athletes, our ultimate goal is to “Be the Change”!
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 honored by his Fans, winning Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Award for Favorite Male Athlete in 2010 and MTV’s Teen Choice Awards for Male Action Sports Athlete in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2009 Ryan, was honored at the 24th Annual Sports Spectacular for his career achievements and philanthropic work with the Sheckler Foundation.
Steve Astephen joined Wasserman Media Group as Managing Director of the Action Sports and Olympics Division in 2003, as part of Wasserman’s acquisition of Astephen’s prominent action sports company, The Familie. Under Astephen, the Action Sports and Olympics Division has seen double digit growth year-over-year since 2007 and currently has a client roster of nearly 200 active athletes across more than 30 sports. Steve has worked with Ryan Sheckler since 2006 and has been an active board member since the Sheckler Foundation began in 2008.
Lori attended Chico State University and San Diego State University majoring in Marketing with a minor in Communication. She spent time as a Marketing Executive with Hooters, ADESA, and National Powersport Auctions before starting The A Foundation. Lori’s interests are fitness, philanthropy, event planning, and organization of any kind. Her true passion is giving back and effecting positive change for future generations. Lori began volunteering at the Sheckler Foundation in January of 2010 working on the 1st Annual Skate for a Cause and 3rd Annual Ryan Sheckler Celebrity Golf Tournament. Her tireless dedication, support, and belief in the Sheckler Foundation’s mission lead her to joining the board of directors in April 2011.
Brad Daluiso is a Financial Planning Specialist, Financial Advisor with the Scott Group at Morgan Stanley. Brad works with a diverse group of clients that includes professional athletes, entertainers, business owners as well as high net worth individuals, trusts and retirement plans. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Brad was a place kicker in the NFL for ten years (1991-2000), and retired in 2000 as the New York Giants all-time most accurate kicker, and 2nd all-time leading scorer in the team’s history. Brad played in Super Bowl XXVI with the Buffalo Bills and Super Bowl XXXV with the New York Giants. In 2003, Brad was recognized as one of the ten most revolutionary special team’s players in the history of professional football (The Star Ledger. September 10, 2003). In addition to the Sheckler Foundation, Brad serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.
Skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi started skating at seven oyears old with veterans such as Shogo Kubo, Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, and Jay Adams as his idols. His father, Ivan "Pops" Hosoi became the manager of the Marina Del Rey Skatepark. In 1979, as an amateur, Hosoi was sponsored by Powell Peralta. A professional skater by thirteen, known for his rock-star flair and dramatic aerials, Hosoi was at the top of the world before he was twenty, engaged in the rivalry that would shape years of skating: Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. At the height of his celebrity in the late 1980s and early '90s, Hosoi was the highest-paid skateboarder in the world and made the most of his celebrity status. His incredible story of success and losing it all, lead Hosoi to write his book “Hosoi; My Life as a Skateboarder Junkie Inmate Pastor” where he tells his story of losing it all and finding himself. This story is also told in the documentary “Rising Son”. Christian Hosoi has been a long time friend and supporter of the Sheckler Foundation and we’re happy to have him as a SkateBOARD member.
Hailing from Brasilia Brazil, Felipe Gustavo came to America to chase the dream. The world saw their first glimpse of his determination and style at the 2007 Tampa Am contest, taking first place. He carries a heavy load for a young skater supporting his family in Brazil all while living his dream in the US. That smile represents his ideals and respect of his achievements. Felipe continues the tradition of Plan B skateboarding by raising the expectations and personal goals that shows in his love of skating. Felipe and Ryan both ride for Plan B skateboards and are also Red Bull teammates. Hot off his 2013 Berrics Run and Gun win, we are happy to have him join as one of our Sheckler Foundation SkateBOARD members!
Since he was 14 years old, Fabrizio Santos, a.k.a “The Breeze” has been competing in skate park/street and is best known for his complete use of the course. A native of Brazil, Breeze was one of the first street skateboarders from his home country to hit America and rode for some of the top companies in the industry. Since the early 2000’s Fabrizio has been a regular in the Tampa Pro and Dew Tour skate contests. His infectious style not only has graced competitions but also plenty of video parts and magazines including 411VM, Ride Channel, Transworld and Thrasher. Breeze spends his free time either hanging with his family, working on expanding his backyard skatepark or running his skateshop, Programme Skate & Sound, that he co-owns in Fullerton, CA., and shredding the STREETS! Fabrizio has been a long time personal friend and supporter of the Sheckler Foundation. Fabrizio always has a smile on his face and we are stoked to have him as an official SkateBOARD Member!
Greg Lutzka is a professional skateboarder who's known for his technical skills that have won him a countless number of contests which some include; The Maloof Money Cup, X-games(2x gold medalist), multiple Dew Tours and the only skater to have won the highest respected contest in the industry three times the Tampa Pro. Greg has gain the reputation as one of the hardest working skateboarders in the industry. He moved at 18 from the Midwest to Southern California which people in the industry refer to as the Mecca of the action sports world, to represent his sponsors to his fullest ability and continue progressing his skateboarding by being surround by the best year around. During the course of his career he has filmed renowned video parts for Almost & Darkstar skateboards, Globe Shoes and Oakley Eyewear. Greg has crossed branded himself and was able to hold his core value while acted in several movies, music videos and commercials. Greg has been a longtime personal friend and supporter of the Sheckler Foundation and we are happy to have him as an official SkateBOARD member!
Nickname - Manny Slays All. Professional Skateboarder his skate stance is Goofy. Born on September 10, 1985 in Puerto Rico until he moved to Lowell, Massachusetts he now resides in Los Angeles, California. Manny started skating at the a ge of 14 because in his home town (Lowell, Ma) they built some situate parks. Once he stepped on a board he couldn't stop. Manny's f avorite place to skate is anywhere with good flat ground! When Manny is not skating he likes to hang out with my family, work on the computer, design, and work on MSA limited stuff most of all just enjoy life. Manny has been a loyal supporter of the Sheckler Foundation with positive energy, love for life and ability to make everyone laugh. We are excited to have him as one of our official SkateBOARD members!
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