We are very pleased to announce that Skateistan has been shortlisted for the 2013 ‘UNICEF Sports for Education’ Award by Beyond Sport. This is the third year in a row that Skateistan has been nominated for a Beyond Sport Award! Out of 400 entries from over 125 countries, only just over 30 projects were shortlisted.
Every June 21 since 2009, Skateistan celebrates International Go Skateboarding Day, along with millions of other skateboarders around the world. In both Afghanistan and Cambodia, kids have taken to the streets on their skateboards to share their love of skateboarding and common identity with people of all backgrounds.
This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the holiday, which is celebrated through fundraisers, contests, demos, and skate parades through the streets. If you are organizing or joining a Go Skate Day event this year, consider supporting Skateistan's work with vulnerable children by donating or holding a fundraiser. This could be as simple as putting out a donation jar, having a raffle, or donating part of skate contest entry fees. If you'd like to learn more or get a fundraising kit, just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last weekend Skateistan Cambodia packed up 11 girls and 7 boys, all our staff, plus a whole car full of speakers, luggage, DJ equipment, and enough boards and gear for everyone and made the trek down to the coastal town of Kep to skate a now-infamous bowl in the middle of the Cambodian Jungle.
In 2007 the Skateistan project began in the streets of Kabul, introducing skateboarding to girls and boys in Afghanistan for the first time. Since then, Skateistan has offered skateboarding lessons paired with educational programs to thousands of Afghan children. On May 23, Skateistan will open the doors of its second facility in Afghanistan, giving up to 1000 children in Mazar-e-Sharif the chance to play and learn in a state-of-the-art sport and education facility, nearly three times the size of Skateistan Kabul.