MCSO deputy smashes his way into the hearts of Valley kids
When Zac Rand walks into a Valley skate park, it doesn’t take long for his presence to turn heads.
“It’s a different way to interact with the community for sure,” Rand said.
Not only does the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy have the skills to tear up, but the perfect personality to build bridges in unlikely places.
“I’m not here to see what happens, I’m here to really impact these kids, to have conversations,” Rand said.
Over the past year, he’s hosted “Kick Flips and Donuts” at more than half a dozen skateparks around the Valley, gliding alongside other boarders and getting the chance to show off another side of the forces of life. ‘order.
“If a kid needs a new board, we do what we can to get them a new one, trucks, wheels, grip, shoes, etc. I try to take care of that,” said said Rand.
The money needed to do so is raised through the t-shirts he designs and sells through his Instagram account. At this point he was able to donate over seventy boards.
“When I was a kid, the skate park or the skate shop was a place for me to escape reality, to be around people who understood what I like to do because they like to do the same thing,” Rand said. .
Her moves on the black top are now going viral. We got to see the impact he is having first hand at Goodyear Skate Park on Wednesday when he spotted a skater wearing basketball shoes.
“Don’t you have any skate shoes?” Rand asked.
“No, I don’t,” said Lukas Bradley.
“What size are you? What size are you?”
“Eleven and a half,” Bradley said.
A quick trip to his trunk and the magic behind the mission is revealed.
“Here you go man, try them on, I rode them once, the brand new Kyle Walkers,” Rand said as he handed the shoes to the beaming skater.
“It’s cool to see officers at the park, just doing other things because they feel more approachable,” said Bradley, who immediately put on the shoes.
And with each approach, new confidence is born. Something Rand hopes will last a lifetime