Sunday, March 20, 2011

Vans “Pass The Bucket” Series To Feature Amy Purdy

Vans will premiere a new series on its network called “Pass the Bucket,” which will feature a look at what action sports athletes, musicians, artists and foundations are doing to give back to their communities. The first episode, which is available to watch now at,  will focus on Amy Purdy, an action sports athlete and founder of Adaptive Action Sports, an organization that helps amputees get involved with action sports. Purdy, who had both legs amputated at age 19, is working to get adaptive snowboarding included in the 2014 Olympics. Here is the official press release from Vans:

In church, a passed basket collects money to keep the building lights on.

In alcoholics anonymous, a can is passed collecting money to keep the coffee fresh.
A musician passes a hat keeping his passion alive.
A homeless man holds a cup hoping for handouts to survive.

Each container is filled due to the compassion and generosity of others.
Today, more than ever there is a need for people to become aware of the issues at hand and pro-actively fight for change. The opportunities to be selfless and contribute are endless and the large bucket is passed to you.
Vans is very proud to introduce our new series premiering this week on, Pass the Bucket, a look into the humanitarian side of today’s most celebrated action sport athletes, musicians, artists and foundations.  Pass the Bucket presents a raw and transparent conversation of today’s shocking realities and potential solutions.
Pass the Bucket, Episode 1:  Amy Purdy
Amy Purdy is a snowboarder, skateboarder, makeup artist, actress, model and also a double leg amputee.  At 19, she contracted Neisseria Meningitis, a form of bacterial meningitis.  The disease affected her circulatory system resulting in the need to amputate both of her legs below the knee.  Her spleen and a kidney had to be removed as well. Two years later, she received a kidney transplant from her father. Her friends now refer to her as “Lucky.”
Amy’s most significant accomplishment to date is in the creation and development of the action sport athletic organization Adaptive Action Sports. In 2005, Amy and her partner Daniel Gale founded the non-profit organization to help adaptive athletes get involved with action sports, art and music. As of 2011, Amy is currently ranked #1 in the world for Adaptive Snowboarding and recently got adaptive sports into 2011 Winter X Games.  Amy’s goal is 2014 Olympic inclusion of Adaptive Snowboarding.
For more information on how you can support Adaptive Action Sports go to
About is Vans’ digital on-line network featuring original entertainment from the worlds of action sports, music, art and street culture.  Original series include Adventures with Chris, Jeff Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding, Collaboratory, Time & Space, Pass the Bucket and the Vans Comedy Show.  Separate channels explore skate, surf, bmx, moto, art and music.
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