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Meet Dylan Harreld of Lee’s Summit

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dylan Harreld.

Hi Dylan, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I grew up in a small town in Southwest Missouri called Nevada. Like most small rural areas, kids searched for fulfillment. When our Parks and Rec Department built a skatepark, I found adrenaline induced passion for skateboarding. Years later, I traveled across the US skateboarding at contests, music festivals, churches, schools, and events. I picked up sponsors, have been featured in magazines and videos, and even have my name on a professional skateboard. Now rooted in Kansas City, we wanted to start a skateboarding organization that is inclusive, family-friendly, and faith-based. In 2020 we launched Varsity Skateboarding Organization, a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to teach, equip, and empower skateboarders. We’ve donated over $5,000 worth of skate gear, 2,750 lbs of food and water, and 135,000+ devotionals to skateboarders, and we’re just getting started!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
Learning how to start up a nonprofit is already challenging, but starting it in 2020 felt like it could be impossible.
We fully believe that adversity offers the opportunity to be intentionally innovative. We hear a lot of “no’s” when it comes to partnering with businesses or organizations, but when you’re confident in your calling, it’s easier to push forward.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us more about your work?
I am a Husband first, a Managing Director for a nonprofit, Professional Skateboarder, and Pastor. What sets me apart is that I’m passionate about community and find joy in being irrationally generous in giving back to the people of Kansas City.

Risk-taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I am a faith-filled, big thinking, bet the farm risk-taker. Risk is necessary when it comes to growth.
You can never fulfill your calling in your comfort zone.

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Photos: Olivia Harreld

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