The Skateboard and The City: Skateistan Johannesburg Documentary

A short documentary set in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa following 25-year old educator Daniel on his journey to working with world class NGO Skateistan.

Spitfire X Skateistan

YouTube Preview ImageSpitfire Wheels has released a mini-site and video with Walker Ryan for their all new Spitfire X Skateistan Formula Four benefit editions. A portion of the proceeds from this wheel designed by Lance Mountain will go to Skateistan to help them continue to empower and educate youth in Afghanistan & Worldwide through skateboarding.

Skateistan Featured in U.N. Campaign to #sharehumanity

Skateistan GirlsSkateistan has recently been highlighted as one of 17 humanitarian activist organizations with compelling stories that will be featured in an upcoming United Nations’ social media campaign. The #ShareHumanity campaign calls on the young and connected to raise awareness surrounding some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian crises.

Alongside the U.N., Skateistan would like to urge its supporters to take the time to visit the website and sign up to allow the World Humanitarian Day #ShareHumanity app to post the Skateistan story to their chosen social media feed for six hours starting Wednesday, August 18th.

Skateistan’s involvement in World Humanitarian Day has been featured in the Associated Press and The Washington Post.

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai, actor Ashley Judd, British business icon Richard Branson, and tennis star Maria Sharapova have already signed up. Please show your support for Skateistan and use your social media to share the importance of sport and education programs for vulnerable youth in Afghanistan, South Africa, and Cambodia.

Gino Iannucci For Bobshirt

YouTube Preview Image Gino talks about skateboard graphics, Axions, 101, Chocolate, Nautica and more. Check out these decks and more at the Deckaid show, a fundraiser for Skatistan on June 27th in Brooklyn.

Skateistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif Skate School

Skateistan is proud to announce that they have raised over $33,040, more than 55% of their $60,000 fundraising goal for December! They would like to thank everyone who has participated so far in the Keep Skateistan Rolling drive. Your support means they can continue to provide educational programs and safe spaces for disadvantaged kids to play and learn.

For the first time ever, the girls and boys of Afghanistan now have an outdoor skateboarding plaza to call their own. Thanks to generous support from the German Federal Foreign Office and a number of individual donors – people just like yourselves – Skateistan was recently able to complete the outdoor skate plaza in the courtyard of its Mazar-e-Sharif facility. Officially opened on October 24th, the outdoor space features pathways with skatepark obstacles, an outdoor classroom, trees for shade, grass areas for outdoor sports, gardens and a greenhouse. 
This is extremely special in Afghanistan, where opportunities to safely skateboard outside have been rare, especially for Skateistan’s female students.

Be the first to have an inside look at the incredible Skateistan school in Mazar-e-Sharif, built in 2013. This facility is truly unique in Afghanistan, where safe spaces for children are exceptionally rare… And a place – just for kids – with skateparks, classrooms, and a climbing wall? Unthinkable. Until now!

Keep Skateistan Rolling!

Over the month of December, Skateistan is hoping to raise $60,000 to help keep them rolling into next year. Skateistan has big plans for 2015, so this is their biggest fundraising goal to date and they need your help to get there!

They only reach out to our supporters for donations a couple of times a year; this is your chance to make a huge difference in the life of a child.

Why? It matters for kids to have safe places to play, especially those living in difficult circumstances or in a conflict situation. In places like Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa, the streets aren’t a safe place for children. Everyone knows the value of a warm meal and school supplies, but Skateistan’s programs provide all that and more. Children deserve more – they deserve a childhood. They deserve an escape from the realities and stresses of growing up in an extremely difficult setting.

That’s where Skateistan comes in.

Recently, Skateistan was featured on a special 25th anniversary edition of CBS ‘Courage in Sports.’ They are really excited about the feature, and it does a brilliant job at telling the story of Skateistan and capturing the magic that is happening there. Watch it to learn why Skateistan is so special, and keep the magic happening by making a donation!