Nov. 11, 2009
The 2009 Xbox 360® Get Up Tour came to the Saratoga campus today to publicize Nov. 11 as Tobacco Free Kids Day. The rolling show set up in the Manzanita parking lot and fired up at 11:15, running for about an hour. While an emcee talked about the dangers of tobacco use, some of the best BMX riders, skateboarders and inline skaters in the world defied gravity, seemingly effortlessly travelling up, down, backwards and sideway on a portable half pipe to entertain students. In an added Veterans’ Day bonus, a pair of Marines arrived in a bright red Humvee to educate about the Marines and challenge students to do pushups in return for tee shirts (Pain is Just Weakness Leaving the Body) and water bottles. The show, sponsored in part by the Marines, presented by ASA Entertainment and the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, is touring the Bay Area this week.
“This is not your typical anti-tobacco presentation,” said Courtney Dornstein, coordinator for ASA Entertainment. “We bring in a state-of-the-art half-pipe, along with five of the top, pro action sports athletes in skateboarding, BMX and inline skating to perform a show. While these stars, some of whom are X Games medalists and all are top names in their disciplines, are performing their tricks and such, a highly knowledgeable emcee delivers the anti-tobacco facts and messages in a fun, engaging, positive and interactive fashion.”