Operated by Goodpush, the ROLL Models programme is designed to support and create visibility for diverse women leaders within skateboarding and to fund the projects they’ve designed — so that the next generation of girls and gender-diverse youth can build confidence, community, and life skills on and off their skateboards. Through a partnership with Women Win, Goodpush offer ROLL Models grantees a seed-grant of up to €3000 to fund their project idea, a place at the annual Leadership Camp in Berlin, and support and guidance from Skateistan and Women Win. One of our 2023 grantees was Rookie Slash.
Geneva based, Rookie Slash was born within the Association Lémanique de Ski et Snowboard Freestyle (ALSF) in the winter of 2021-2022. The initial project allowed 10 young refugees to learn skateboarding, trampoline and ski/snowboarding, while being introduced to the local freestyle community. Through board and outdoor sports, they promote a healthy lifestyle thanks to community, sports, and self-development. They also hope to strengthen the social cohesion of the city, by limiting communitarianism and discriminatory practices.