Thanks to Sector 9 Skateboards, The Tony Hawk Foundation, Awesome Without Borders, Missionlines and individual donors like you, skateboarding has come to Liberia for the first time! Join us in a quick visit to Elwa Academy Skateboard Club to see the kids in their first few days.
Excerpted from The Daily Observer Read the full article online
The ELWA Academy in Paynesville, outside Monrovia yesterday launched the ELWA Academy Skateboard Club with 72 students from the lower and upper classes. According to the club’s director, Pastor Arthur T. Williams, the launch is meant to offer the students a different form of recreation as “all work without play makes Jack a dull boy.”
“We selected students from the lower and upper classes,” Director Williams said, “to become members of the club. In fact we were interested in students who showed interest in the sport.”
Helping the students with materials for the sport is the non-for-profit organization, Foundation for Women, whose founder and chief executive officer, Madam Deborah Lindholm, donated 18 helmets and 18 skateboards to the club.
Deborah Lindhom is the Founder and CEO of the Foundation for Women. For over 20 years she has lived and worked in Africa, India and the United States on issues of poverty, education and microcredit.