We are the 504 Village People activated to save lives, especially the youth, one roll at a time. In response to a rise in juvenile crime in New Orleans, United We Skate 504 materialized; after learning roller skating was prescribed to veterans who served in World War II to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Since its inception, United We Skate 504 has presented monthly community skate events in under-served communities. Adults and kids are invited to roll with us free of charge. Roller skates, snacks and beverages are provided for attendees. Any food items left over at the end of an event are distributed to the homeless population in New Orleans.
Our goal is to acquire a portable skate floor and box truck to allow for more community skate events as soon as possible. Ultimately, we hope to encourage the development and opening of a skate rink in New Orleans. The city of New Orleans once had three skate rinks, we have zero now! Roller skating is therapeutic. It nurtures physical, emotional and mental health. With your help we can reach more in need at a higher rate. It takes a village, and we want you to be apart of the village to save lives one roll at a time!
Check out an article covering a recent community skate event using the link below, and the photos attached,