A couple days ago we sent out a special e-mail update to our core supporters asking if they could help us win a Beyond Sport award this year by posting a comment in support of our efforts to create positive social change through skateboarding. The response was overwhelming! We set a goal of 100 comments and so far we've already had almost 150 amazing and personal comments from people around the world.
We'd like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone that took some time to say a few kind words and share their love for skateboarding, peace, respect, education, creativity, and sport. Regardless of whether we end up winning any awards this summer, seeing such an outpouring of support from like-minded people means much more.
There were so many insightful, thoughtful postings but we picked out a few excerpts to share:
Nancy Hatch Dupree (Afghanistan Historian): Afghanistan has passed through over thirty years of turmoil during which children grew up in exile surrounded by negative attitudes towards compatriots of different ethnic and secular groups. Suspicions abounded, tolerance, a hallmark, was undermined; trust faded. These children returned to a war-torn city without spaces for play or city-wide interchanges. Skateistan offers them much more than a spacious outlet for healthy sporting activity. Here children of all backgrounds meet, compete, and learn to play and work merrily and respectfully with one another thus setting the patterns for future harmonious interactions through life. Only with such positive attitudes can the nation move forward to take its place with dignity among the comity of nations."
Kerri Hankin: "Are you kidding me? What could be better than seeing Afghan girls on a skateboard? Liberated, courageous and strong girls becomes liberated, courageous and strong women who will ultimately have the power to change a society for the better. Keep it up, Skateistan- your work has more impact than a million diplomats could ever hope for."
Jen O’Brien (pro skater): "Skateboarding gives these kids a sense of freedom, self worth, and happiness. These are the things that are important for the future leaders of one of the most war torn places on the planet. Out of all the chaos, Skateistan is there giving these kids something they might never have had... Hope."