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Downtown Showdown 2013

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Photograph By Photo: Vans/Caption: Rian Rhoe

This kid's face says it all: Skateboarding can be transformative. The first event of the day at the Vans Downtown Showdown was the Autism-Friendly Skate Session organized by a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for children with autism to participate in the social world through skateboarding. Most of these kids never stepped foot on a skateboard before Saturday's event. Vans will host an online auction for the live art created at Downtown Showdown and all of the proceeds will go to the organizing charity.