Help the Uganda Skateboard Union

Uganda Skateboard Union needs help!

This is such an inspiring group of people that I just had to put this article up on the site. To see how hard they had to work to actually organize the land, landscape the area and build the park (watch the video below to even get an idea how much effort was involved – no concrete mixers or pumps involved here everybody, just plain muscle work!) and then to watch how happy the children are to just skate. No one complaining about thir nose being chipped, the board not having enough pop or the ramps not being as good as the other park down the street. They all seem to get it just right – skate and enjoy. Here’s what the organizers themselves have to say about the park and make sure you watch the great video!

“Our first park was completed over a year ago. It has been a great success, lots of kids have been learning to skate, all of them are improving, and loving it more than ever. We now want to spread skateboarding to a new community in the country, to share it with more kids.

We are looking for donations to help us buy land and materials to make this happen. If you like what we have done with our first park, please support us in building a new one. As with our first park we are relying solely on private donations, so any amount will help!

Here’s the page to go to if you want to help out : http://www.ugandaskateboardunion.org/donate.html

We are very happy to say that Birdhouse Skateboards has agreed to send us equipment for our skaters on an ongoing basis! We would like to thank John Krieger very much for his help to make this happen. The word is that a shipment is on it’s way soon and we are very happy to receive the help! Also the Tony Hawk Foundation is helping us out with a load of shoes via Audio to help protect the skaters feet. Big thanks to Miki Vuckovich at the foundation for his work to make this possible.

This is great news for us as we were never able to achieve the tax exemption status that we had hoped for. Our directors tried their best for over a year to make it happen but in the end there was too much bureaucracy in the way. We are very grateful that Birdhouse is helping us with equipment and taxes.

Due to our tax problem we are unable to receive donations of equipment from all of the private individuals who had written us to offer boards. This is a big let down as many generous individuals had been waiting patiently to send us gear. We must thank you for your generosity and support and hope that you will still keep encouraging the growth of skateboarding in Uganda.”

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