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Go Overboard Challenge Grant for Girl Overboard

Have an idea to change the world? Do something about it! NOW.

The Go Overboard Challenge is offering 12 grants, up to $1,000 each, are available to people ages 12-20.

"Burton Snowboards announced that it is launching a series of North American events and programs to encourage youth to live loud and give big. In conjunction with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers' January release of Girl Overboard, a novel for young adults by award-winning author Justina Chen Headley, Burton is taking part in a book tour and spearheading a challenge grant – all backed by Olympic Gold Medalist Hannah Teter, who supports numerous charitable causes."

In the winter and spring surrounding the book's release, Justina and Hannah traveled across the country, passing out Girl Overboard T-shirts and other fun swag to readers and athletes.

About the Book

Girl Overboard is a fictional account of an Asian-American high school girl named Syrah Chen who, due to an injury, is unable to pursue her dream of becoming a pro snowboarder. Instead she leverages her love for snowboarding in an unexpected and philanthropic way.

The book was released in January 2008. Author Justina Chen Headley has generously agreed to donate portions of profits from the Girl Overboard book tour to Chill, the non-profit organization founded by Burton Snowboards. For more details, please visit

Justina & Hannah's Videos
  • Hannah and Justina reading Girl Overboard

  • Hannah and Justina reading Girl Overboard, part 2

  • Hannah & Justina introduce the Go Overboard Challenge grant

  • Hannah's reading of Girl Overboard

  • Hannah's reading, part 2

  • Hannah Teter & Justina Chen Headley for CHILL

  • Hannah Teter & the Go Overboard Challenge Grant

  • About Hannah Teter (quoting from the press release)

    Hannah Teter, who donated all of her Olympic-related profits to World Vision, spends much of her off-hill time rallying support and funding for various causes. Her maple syrup charity named "Hannah's Gold" donates all profits to children in need in Africa. Hannah truly embodies the spirit of giving back and was thrilled to take part in the Positive Turn Girl Overboard tour and help promote the Go Overboard Challenge Grant.

    "I'm really excited to go on the tour with Justina to inspire the youth of today to get involved in a cause they're passionate about," said Hannah Teter, Burton Global Team rider and Olympic gold medalist. "I want to challenge young people to create changes they believe in and that will make a difference."

    Related Post: Poetry Friday: Wise Eyes by Hannah Teter

    The Go Overboard Challenge Grant

    Burton Snowboards and Girl Overboard author Justina Chen Headley, in partnership with Youth Venture, are co-sponsoring the Go Overboard Challenge Grant to fund the best youth-led ideas to change the world. The Go Overboard Challenge Grant encourages young people to commit to a cause they are passionate about and submit an action plan describing how their team (two or more persons) will "Go Overboard" to create a new, sustainable community-benefiting organization (venture). The challenge grant asks that participants form an entirely new venture to address a problem they have identified in their school, neighborhood, community or the world. The best ideas will win one of 12 grants, each worth $1000, to help them realize their vision. To learn more about the Go Overboard Challenge Grant, visit:

    For information on Girl Overboard book and tour, contact:
    Tracey Daniels at 828-859-9456 or

    For information on Burton Snowboards, contact:
    Mia Troy at 802-652-6765 or

    About Burton Snowboards
    In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn. Since then, Burton has fueled the growth of snowboarding worldwide through its groundbreaking product lines, its team of top snowboarders and its grassroots efforts to get the sport accepted at resorts. In 1996, Burton began growing its family of brands to include boardsports and apparel brands. Privately held and owned by Jake, Burton's headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with international offices in Austria and Japan. For more information, visit

    Thanks to Burton and Youth Venture for the original press release.

    Thanks to Justina for writing a book which will empower readers!

    Read my review of Girl Overboard.

    Tags: books, contests, pr, readergirlz

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