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Autism in Long Beach presented Bully Free Zone 4 at Houghton Skate Park

Group shot with Pato Banton.
Group shot with Pato Banton.
Photo by Ella Batalon

Houghton Skate Park in North Long Beach was packed with activity over the weekend for Bully Free Zone 4, a special event presented by Autism of Long Beach.

Bully Free Zone 4 by Autism in Long Beach
Ella Batalon

This is AILB's fourth annual event offering families with children and siblings of Autism to enjoy themselves in a safe bully free environment providing free skateboarding lessons for kids with physical challenges with the aide and assistance from members of 'SkateDogs'.

The event also included skateboarding and roller skating demonstrations, a variety of free games and activities such as a Bouncy Castle, a gigantic plastic ball big enough for anyone to jump inside and run or roll with the assistance of an activity aide for safety, Sumo Wrestling games and a game of 'Booger Wars' by Games2U based in Orange County—an interesting take on Dodge Ball except with green bean bags.

Video game trucks also provided by Games2U offered less physical activity, but still just as fun along with a chalk mobile by 'Chalk it Up' offering families to show off their artistic talent by drawing on cement walk ways with a generous variety of colorful chalk. Food trucks and food booths provided a variety of meals, snacks and beverages while a number of organizational booths offered a variety of goods and services for families.

Special awards were presented by Jane Tipton, President and CEO of Autism of Long Beach to Mike Donelon of ASK Long Beach and teen animator Dani Bowman who herself is autistic. Raffle prizes were handed out to excited winners with music provided by DJ Rahfee Zahkee and Chandler Tipton with musical entertainment by Bryan Davis and Mr. Q of Music Notes. Celebrity guest Reggae singer Pato Banton rounded out the end of the event by singing his newest song "Love is the Greatest Thing."

For more information about 'Autism in Long Beach', please visit their website: AutisminLongBeach.org

Special thanks goes out to the following sponsors:
· ASK Long Beach - Action Sports Kids Foundation
· Long Beach Parks & Recreation, Council member Steven Neal
· Vice Mayor Robert Garcia & Long Beach Police Assoc. for providing free lunch for the kids
· Megan Kerr—LBUSD Board of Education Member-elect
· Dani Bowman
· Pato Banton
· DJ Rahfee Zahkee
· Chandler Tipton
· Music Notes
· Bryan Davis
· Red Eye Media
· WY Enterprises
· Jerry O’Brien
· Junior Roller Derby Girls of Long Beach
· Keystone Engineering
· The Skate Connection
· Adaptive Action Sports Dubtree
· Skatedogs
· LB Skate
· WE Labs
· On the Grind
· Them Goods
· Valo Brand
· Xsjado
· Krash
· Sal Saenz—Photo Booth Setup
· Daniel Timtim
· Hot Kofe
· Badminton Center Court
· The Chalk Mobile
· Autism Hwy
· Games2U Entertainment
· Sumo Mania
· The Mystery Van
· Taco Starr
· Yalla Food Truck
· Tropical Shaved Ice