"Skateistan's not just about skating. It’s about giving people life skills and hope for their future."
-Tony Hawk, Professional Skateboarder.
For two exciting weeks in January our Cambodian Operations Manager, Chada, was invited to South Korea where he met Mr William Lemke, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP), saw snow for the first time and learned how to ski. The Dream Program he was participating in invites young athletes from 60 countries on a cultural exchange where they learn the benefits of sport and can participate in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding - something they would otherwise not be exposed to.
Students gather to register for classes.
On December 17th 2013, Skateistan in Mazar-e-Sharif began the first semester of its Back-to-School program. Thirteen girls and 30 boys came to Skateistan excited to get back on track with their studies, with a goal to recruit an equal amount of girls in coming weeks. After completion of the program, Skateistan will assist the students to enrol or re-enrol in government schools.