Remember how you could have gotten those great sunglasses, but only if you signed up early for camp?
No, you can’t get them for free anymore. But now, you can buy them and support a great charity at the same time. We are excited to announce we will be pairing up with an organization that also believes in empowering girls through sport:
Over the spring and summer, we will be selling our sunglasses for $5 to raise funds and awareness about a charity that empowers girls through sport in one of the most seemingly hopeless of places, Afghanistan.
At Beyond Sticks, we empower girls through sport; at Skateistan, they empower kids through skateboarding. Not only empower, but get kids back in school.
Instead of hockey sticks they use skateboards.
Instead of fields, they use a skate park.
Instead of working in Virginia, they work in Kabul, Cambodia and Northern Afghanistan.
We both coach beyond the game. We both believe in the transformative power of sport. We are proud to be raising funds for them this summer, starting with our sunglasses.
In their own words, they work Beyond Skateboarding:
“Skateboarding is simply “the hook” for engaging with hard-to-reach young people. Skateistan’s programs work with growing numbers of marginalized youth through skateboarding, and provide them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs.
In Kabul, Skateistan’s participants come from all of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, and include 40% female students, hundreds of streetworking children, and youth with disabilities. In Skateistan’s skatepark and classrooms kids develop skills in skateboarding, leadership, civic responsibility, multimedia, and creative arts. The students themselves decide what to learn; we connect them with a safe space and opportunities to develop skills they consider important.
Since Skateistan began in 2007 we’ve found that youth of all ethnicities, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds love to skateboard. Skateistan brings them together, equipping young men and women to lead their communities toward social change and development.”
As Coach Chrissy states in the How Beyond Sticks was born
section, we aren’t as focused on what sport young people use to develop confidence and leadership, we just want them to find a sport
. We look forward to teaching our girls about the inspiring young people in the Skateistan program and doing much more with this charity in the future.