Kindergarteners at Allen Brook Elementary in Burlington, Vermont were treated to a special kind of gym class, courtesy of Burton Snowboards. Forget dodgeball– this program was designed to teach kids the basics of snowboarding, and to get them stoked on the sport.
From grab mats to balance boards to Riglet Boards and Riglet Reels, the activities introduced kids to the basics of snowboarding. Everything takes place inside the classic elementary school gymnasium, but the kids don’t seem to mind. “Just imagine how fun it would be on snow,” says pro-snowboarder Kelly Clark.
Lately, murmurs within the industry suggest that the popularity of snowboarding is waning. How often do you see little grommets on a snowboarded, versus those plodding along on skis? The best way to get kids excited about snowboarding is simply to introduce them to the sport. It looks like Burton just might be on to something.