In 2019, the global skateboarding community felt an urgency to shed light on mental health awareness following Ben Raemers’ passing. Ben’s close friends and family joined forces to launch the @thebenraemersfoundation . That collective sense of loss also motivated Converse to partner with the Ben Raemers Foundation to both maintain Raemers’ legacy and provide resources for mental health support across skateboarding.
As part of our efforts to de-stigmatize mental health, Converse is donating $25000 to The Ben Raemers Foundation. Started by Ben’s family, the foundation is committed to breaking the stigma around mental health in skateboarding. As the two-year anniversary of his passing approaches, CONS is releasing a limited-edition sneaker in Ben’s favorite silhouette—the blue One Star Pro Mid. Featuring details inspired by him and his life, it’s available May 14 at 10am EST at your local skateshop.
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