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Project Sk8 - A good story

06 June 2014, 09:57
A few months ago I wrote a letter that was published in the papers about a group of boys from Roodepan who skate under extreme conditions and ever since then I vowed to help them get exposure, sponsorship and above all a place to skate.
There is a number of children from Roodepan who are interested in skateboarding but the kids do not have a place to practice and skate and not many of them have the means to visit the Maloof skate park. Those who are left behind have no other choice but to skate in the streets and places like the library and school grounds where they are mostly chased away so I set out looking for a place that can facilitate them. Two weeks later we managed to get permission from the ward councilor to use an abandoned basketball court as a temporary place to skate. The basketball court was soon cleaned up but this week we found it littered with broken glass and debris, the culprits however have disappeared into thin air. 
I kept on writing and things started looking brighter after we finally received a response from the Department of Sports Arts and Culture. I organized that some of the kids visit the Maloof and one of the boys whose wheels were worn out had won a brand new set. We recruited more kids and amongst them now are two girls who also have a strong interest in skating. On the 4th of June 2014 the Provincial skate Coordinator paid us a visit in Roodepan at the vandalized Multi-Purpose center. The best thing was to see the faces of these kids light up the moment they saw the skateboards and they enjoyed themselves so much doing what they love. We are still facing a lack skateboards and gear and may not be where we want to be yet but we’re getting there one day at a time.
There is a good story to be told here because two months ago these kids were skating wherever they could and now they may have a place to skate. I urge parents to support their kids in taking part in sports because keeping kids active in sports will keep them off the streets and away from things that will certainly get them into trouble. We would like to thank to everyone who have assisted us.
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