We believe that skateboarding naturally promotes and teaches: confidence, creativity, determination, grit, and the importance of fun. Despite all the good that skateboarding has to offer, it still exists on the fringes of our community, and has not been positively approached, embraced, or encouraged. We are constantly inspired and humbled by the passion that skateboarders share world wide and have made it our goal to support them on their journey and provide a framework and structure for them to improve the quality of their own lives, and the lives of everyone in our communities.
Since 2011, we have legalized skateboarding as a form of transportation in Tacoma, created a skate-based curriculum for high school students to earn credit for skating, taught 100's of kids how to skate at our skateboard camps, established a program to engage skaters with their local government and city officials, and built and opened Tacoma's only public indoor skate park.
Alchemy's vision is a future where skateboarders are recognized as positive contributors and an integral part of our vibrant community.
Alchemy Skateboarding was created because we believe in skateboarding. We know how it can positively contribute to people's lives and we want to share that joy with the community at large. During our first Go Skate Tacoma event in 2011 we circulated a survey and found out that over half of the skaters in attendance had dropped out of high school. This was the catalyst that started Alchemy. We know that skaters are incredibly intelligent, creative, and athletic, and yet so many of them were disengaged with their schools and communities. The more that we researched the more we began to understand how out-dated and inaccurate stigmas associated with skate culture had marginalized a huge group of people in our community and we set out to change that.
We believe in and value respect, integrity, collaboration, diversity, and fun.
Skate Shop Lead
Board of Directors
Nick Gillon - Program Manager, Educator Standards Board Secretary - Chairman of the Board
Molly Crowley - Attorney At Law, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP -Vice Chair
Keaton Branstetter - Licensed Relationship Manager, Key Bank - Treasurer
Marty Campbell - Community Associations Manager - Chairman of the Board
Hari Alipuria - Attorney at Law
Priscilla Lisicich - Executive Director, Safe Streets
Alexa Folsom-Hill - Instructor, Tacoma Public Schools
Nathan Pauli - VP of Sales and Marketing, Origin Distribution