Join us on Valentine's Day to welcome Ryan Hudson, a professional snowboarder who's passionate about providing outdoor education and leadership skills to inner-city youth.
Severely impoverished since birth, Ryan was the youngest of five children. Even though he and his siblings were raised in and out of homeless shelters, Ryan was always drawn to the outdoors. He used to skate four miles to a skateboard park, spend all day skating, then skate back home. At 14, he found the Toussaint Academy, a shelter for homeless and runaway teenagers. It was here he was introduced to Outdoor Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to empower at-risk youth through outdoor activities. They took him on his first snowboarding trip into the mountains. While other kids slept in the van, he just stared out the windows and thought ‘this is awesome.’
Today Ryan is competing as a athlete, is a brand ambassador for The North Face, and continues to be active with Outdoor Outreach. He wants to inspire current and future generations to find their passions in life and make it their purpose. He hopes to empower other at-risk youth to make positive, lasting changes in their lives through outdoor exploration.
Join us to hear Ryan's story about the transformational power of outdoor experiences.
BEWILD SPEAKER SERIES
The Mountaineers are proud to present the BeWild Speaker Series where we're putting passion and adventure on the stage. Come to any one of these talks - or all three - and we guarantee you'll leave inspired to seek adventure, connect with nature and work to protect wild places.
For more information, visit www.mountaineers.org/BeWild
$10 Mountaineers member
$12 at the door
LOCATION AND DETAILS
The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center
7700 Sand Point Way NE
Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
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