The OC Skateboarding League hopes to raise $10,000 at an awards dinner Thursday evening to continue and expand its programs.
Newport-Mesa Unified school board Trustee Katrina Foley founded the nonprofit last year to support local middle- and high-school skating teams.
More than 150 students skate for 20 teams across the county. Costa Mesa, Estancia and Newport Harbor high schools are among the participants.
The awards dinner at the Los Caballeros Racquet & Sports Club in Fountain Valley will feature a silent auction, skate videos and guest appearances by as-yet-unnamed industry pros. Foley said the league needs money for operational costs like coaches, insurance, buses and snack bars.
Karena Gibbs coaches Irvine's Northwood High School team. She said the team has given some of her students the motivation to improve their grades and stay in school.
"They've learned everything from communication to integrity to teamwork, to showing up to practice even when you're sick," said Gibbs, who is also the school psychologist. "We really take care of these kids and really try to show them the big picture."