In 2013, Silverback and Cros1 of Freestyle Session aligned to form both UDEF which is a 501(c)3 charity and the Pro Breaking Tour, a taxable subsidiary of UDEF. The Tour was formally launched in January 2014 and was comprised of over 40 prize money events.
The basic idea behind the formation of the Pro Breaking Tour was to provide the breaking community with a well-organized series of prize money breaking competitions, which would attract a general audience following both online and in-person, appealing to major corporate sponsors, media partners, and broadcasters, bringing an infusion of capital into a community in need of capital.
The objective was to help to create a mini-industry and job-producing ecosystem around breaking, with the Tour’s prize money events being the initial magnet to attract corporate, media and spectator interest in breaking. The Silverback Open in Philadelphia was a major event on the Tour from its inception in 2014 through the final installment of the event in 2018, with prize money pools exceeding $100,000 in certain years. At the Silverback Open, many of the world’s top breakers gathered in one space for a competition that was open for all to participate and free of cost for competitors and spectators. During 2017, Silverback provided sponsorship funding support in connection with preparations for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and ran a qualifier event at the 2017 Silverback Open.
See archive of Silverback Open event recaps from 2014 through 2018 here.
UDEF is a non-profit entity and a 501(c)3 public charity with a board comprised of breakers, event organizers, and business people with domain expertise in various areas. Silverback’s support of breaking events was philanthropic with the majority of the support directed to UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour’s events. The Pro Breaking Tour is wholly-owned by UDEF through a taxable subsidiary. Silverback retired from the UDEF and Pro Breaking Tour boards in mid-2019, and the entities today are led by Cros1 and an international board.