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Uganda Skate Union Support Shirts & CNN

The Uganda Skateboard Union in Kitintale Uganda has whittled itself out a little place in the hearts of us here at Sparrow. If you are able to, please consider buying one of these t-shirts we made to support their beautiful program that embodies solidarity and hope.

 

One year ago Cassi Amanda Gibson visited their handmade skatepark and emailed us photos. Since then the kids of the skateboard union and Jackson Mubiru, the union’s founder, have consistently inspired us and everyone else who we shared their story with.

 

To say that skateboarding will put an end to a 20 year long civil conflict would be naive, but the principals exercised by the Uganda Skateboard Union have, and will continue to change lives for the better. In a region where international non-profits and NGO’s providing aid are often viewed with skepticism, or viewed as parental, these youth have created their own social epicenter where their positivity and creativity is infectious.

 

 

Their numbers are growing exponentially every day, and with the growing numbers, gear and resources are being run through faster then they can arrive in the region. Sparrow was stoked to team up with Sky High Skateshop, Special Sauce, Supreme, and Boundless NYC in helping provide the Union with over 100 pairs of brand new skate shoes, dozens of new decks, trucks, clothes, books & magazines. The kids were stoked too. Cassi and her sister Nicolette returned to Kampala twice over the course of the year to bring the kids more supplies and to film a short video for http://sparrowmedia.net. The kids are also pretty good at getting their own press, like this photo feature on BBC.com and most recently this video feature on CNN.com

 

With their growing numbers their dreams are growing too…

 

 

The kids hope to expand their park and build an adjacent school. In a country where publicly subsidized schooling ends at age 12 and only the most fortunate can further their education, this kids are taking their DIY approach one step further with a plan to build a solar powered learning center as part of the programming offered through the union. This will cost them $13,800 (US Dollars) to build and outfit with books & five computers. The Sparrow Project has made these shirts to support the dreams of the Uganda Skateboard Union, when you purchase one %50 of the proceeds will go directly to the Uganda Skateboard Union. The kids in Kitintale live the very essence of solidarity, we tried to capture a piece of that and put it on a shirt.

Skateboard Drive for Ugandan Kids

 

In February of 2009 activist & photo journalist Cassi Amanda Gibson visited the Kitintale skatepark in Uganda. She brought back a beautiful series of photos of the young locals discovering their own skate styles & forms as well as photos of the gorgeous and complex surrounding Kitintale community. Her photos inspired two of her friends, community activists Andy Stepanian & Dan Tudor to do something to support the kid’s creativity & expression in Kitintale. On June 6th, 2009 Cassi will be returning to Uganda & the Kitintale park & our aim is to take (2) 100lb crates filled with donated gear (new or lightly used) to the kids in Kitintale, if you or your shop can help, please do. Specifically, we are looking for decks, trucks, wheels, bearings, and shoes, however any additional gear (pads, caps, clothes) will be warmly accepted. In the weeks leading up to the 6th of June Andy Stepanian & Daniel Tudor will be rounding up donations & visiting local shops soliciting their help. Receipts can be provided upon request to donors for tax purposes. Dan, Andy, & Cassi will be filming this process for an online video magazine segment set to air at the end of this summer, and would love to credit those who donated to their efforts in their film segment. If either you, your brand, or stop would like their logo to appear in the film segment please email the all logos, links & similar info to Andy by July 1st, 2009 (Andrew@papress.com). We all look forward to working with brands, shops, & donors like you on making something great happen for the skaters in Uganda.

For information on the Kitintale park & the skaters in Uganda visit http://ugandaskateboardunion.org

To view some of the photos from Cassi’s last trip you can visit http://saudades.tumblr.com