By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.
Skateboarding is for everyone, but when we think about how you would teach skateboarding to disabled people there is the question of how you would do that in practice.
That's why two nonprofit organizations called Chill Foundation and Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports have joined together to make a methodology and program to teach skateboarding in communities for the disabled.
The collaborative project was announced in Winooski through the Local 44's TV section with Brittany Wier as their host. There, the teacher of each organization explained to Wier how they apply the new adaptive skateboarding program to the community with disabilities.
In three sessions on TV, the team gave specialized instructions about what this is all about. They started by explaining how they work with the community and protect them as well; then some theory about the lesson, basics concepts of skateboarding, like push and how to control the board.
Through the game, they made an educational methodology with all the demands and responsibilities it takes to work with this group where they got to skateboard together, an activity that will benefit anyone, anytime.
They started by explaining how they work with the community and protect them as well followed by some theory about the lessons and then the basics concepts of skateboarding, like push and control of the board; they work to make all of this with an educational focus through the game.
Vermont is located in the northeastern United States with its capital being Montpelier, all the state is characterized for its landscapes. It also excels in recreational activities, If you like snowboarding, ski or skateboarding, this place is for you.
The Chill Foundation
As it says on their official website, "The Chill Foundation is a positive youth development program where boardsports become a vehicle for empowerment", with a core value-driven curriculum, the riders learn how to take advantage of any board sport.
They are located in more than 14 cities, like New York, Los Angeles and in Vermont. "Chill removes all barriers to accessing boardsports by providing youth with everything they need to get after it, at absolutely no cost", said the foundation on its page.
Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports
This nonprofit organization was founded in 1987 to support the disabled. In its own description, VASS "has been at the forefront of sports and recreation for those with disabilities in New England", they believe in all the benefits, physical, mental and social that a sport can provide to anyone.
It's committed to helping the disabled rider build self-confidence, independence, and further equality through access and instruction to sports and recreational activities. By that point, this is the case of Skateboarding.
Definitely extraordinary work that will bring more skaters to the community. Skateboarding is a global language, everyone can get in because you will just need to focus on learning, value every achievement, work hard to improve your skills and overcome your fears. Congratulations to these foundations for this amazing collaborative work.