'Peace & Sport' Commemorates Skateistan Youth

Mohammad Eeza (13) participates in Go Skateboarding Day 2010 at Mekroyan Fountain, in Kabul.

The Founder and President of Peace and Sport, Mr. Joël Bouzou, addressed the Peace and Sport International Forum in November 2012, to speak of the potential for communities to use sport to create social cohesion and lasting sustainable peace. During his speech Mr. Bouzou discussed some of the extremely negative consequences of armed conflict for youth, and praised the efforts of Skateistan to bring skateboarding to youth with few opportunities to play sports at all.

Making Afghanistan's 1st Skateboards

Noorzai smooths out his skateboard deck

The students here at Skateistan have just created the first skateboards ever made in Afghanistan. They were designed, created, and painted by young Afghan skateboarders! The ten skateboards were the result of our recent cultural exchange program known as Connecting Dots.

The Connecting Dots project linked the young Lakota (Native American) skateboarders from the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota with the Skateistan students in Kabul. Throughout the exchange, the groups – separated by continents and oceans – exchanged key aspects of their national heritage.

Javier Mendizabal Visits Skateistan Cambodia

Art & skate contest winners celebrate with Javier.

Last month Skateistan Cambodia was lucky enough to host a very special visitor: Pro skater Javier Mendizabal from the Quiksilver Foundation!

Javier came to Skateistan Cambodia as a Quiksilver Ambassador, marking the beginning of an exciting new collaboration between the Quiksilver Foundation, Vuerich B, and Skateistan. The Quiksilver Foundation and Vuerich B have recently released a range of sunglasses made out of recycled skateboard decks - some of which were actually used here at Skateistan Cambodia. A portion of the proceeds from each pair sold will go towards Skateistan and its projects.