Laureus World Sports Academy Member skateboard legend Tony Hawk has presented a brand new portable Half-Pipe to the Indigo Youth Movement in Isithumba, a country village near Durban.
As a result of this new Half-Pipe hundreds of children from the KwaZulu-Natal area of South Africa will be able to try skateboarding for the first time.
Laureus has made the Half-Pipe available to Indigo to allow more children in the region to access sport and benefit from the advantages of taking part in a Laureus-supported project.
The new easy to set up Half-Pipe will allow Indigo to visit various locations around the region where young people currently do not have access to skateboarding.
During his 20-year skateboarding career, which included many world titles, Tony produced some amazing tricks on his skateboard and became a role model to millions of young people around the world.
After seeing the Half-Pipe set up in the Zulu village for youngsters to try out, Tony said: “I first came to Indigo last year and I was amazed what I saw. This is one of the most remarkable skateboard sites in the world.
“And now to be able to come back with a new ramp to enjoy. The are progressing at a rapid rate and I know this new structure will help them push their limits even more.”
“Being able to watch these young people from difficult backgrounds test their skills on this new Half-Pipe is something that will stay with me forever. I am honoured that we have been able to provide such a great facility for these kids. It could truly change their lives.
Indigo project founder Dallas Oberholzer said: ” “Having a sporting legend like Tony Hawk join us in Isithumba is great.
“Some of the younger kids may not have known too much about who Tony was when he arrived, but the moment he got on that Half-pipe, you should have seen their wide-eyed amazement.
“For me, this is what makes Laureus so great. Some of the most famous sportsmen and women of all-time are prepared to give their time to help us in our little village. We’re doubly grateful as Tony has visited us twice now. And this time he has brought this superb Half-Pipe for which I thank everyone at Laureus.”
Established in the heart of Isithumba, a rural Zulu village on the outskirts of Durban, the project has given young people the chance to try skateboarding and introduce them to life skills and tourism.
The main objectives of the project have been to introduce the sport to young rural village participants and to invite international guests to the village to learn more about Zulu culture. This has led to the rural participants learning how to skate and becoming more confident individuals.
Oberholzer said: “Just having English spoken around the Zulu community can help its residents with the language barrier, which is intimidating for the young Zulu skaters. A small tea room shop has already opened which has attracted many visitors and become economically viable. In the future we intend to provide employment to many locals through the youth camp.”