Chris Thomas

CT saw that the world of snowboarding needed to evolve, and he knew that evolution was going to have to start with him.

The snowboard industry did not have enough minorities coming up into the sport, and he realized that the sport itself prohibited people with lower incomes from being able to participate.

CT made the decision to create a nonprofit by just asking himself one question, “Why couldn't it be me?”

In order to launch quickly he started The Kicker Project that then became its own nonprofit.

CT used his contacts, vision, and ingenuity to get inner-city youth on the slopes and even loaded them with a go GoPro on their helmet.

Now that program has a sustainability model that can also give the slopes their future employees and program mentors that are also from the inner-city, besides giving a lot of kids an experience that will last a lifetime.

Chris Thomas