What happens when a group of skateboarders, from Hawaii, introduce skateboarding and its concept to a city of people who have never been exposed to it before? Well, it didn't take long for Grant McCartney and crew to find out. As soon as they began skating in the city of Jaipur, India, they were welcomed by all age groups, especially the kids.
Being pleasantly surprised by the city's reception of the sport, as well as knowing the impact skateboarding can have on the youth, the crew from Hawaii has decided to help set up a skate park in Jaipur. To gather enough funds for the park, they are reaching out to the crowd for support. As explained on their project page, "We have the plans, the builders, a park management team and an eager community, so now we are just looking to raise some funds. "
Working with Create International, Grant and his team's Skatepark for India project contains three components. The first two go hand in hand, with the third taking a form of a stretch goal. In order to provide the opportunity for the kids of Jaipur to skateboard, the crew has set up the plan and the needed budget to build 5 portable wooden ramps. Why portable? Since India faces a monsoon season each year, having portable ramps will allow the ramps to be easily tucked away, making them last longer.
The second portion of the project revolves around the actual skateboards. Since there isn't a skateboard shop in Jaipur, donated skateboards will be the starting ground to get the kids rolling. The picture below showcases the first shipment of boards that were taken to Jaipur back in February. Once the project hits over $1,700 (amount needed to build the 5 ramps), then the remaining amount goes towards buying new skateboards, equipment, and pads.
Finally, if the campaign is successful enough, in which it reaches its initial goal of $2,500, then any amount raised after that will be put towards building a concrete skatepark. As stated, "It will cost approximately $50,000 for this larger project. This concrete park will last longer, need less upkeep, be more accessible, and give more room for growth."
"Skateboarding is a positive outlet for fun and creativity. We want to share that with the community of Jaipur and the country of India. India is very new to skateboarding. The kids are ecstatic for a chance to ride and so are the adults...Something as simple as a skatepark can teach way more than just a fun hobby. When people come together to play a sport or a mutual activity, it opens up the door for friendship, camaraderie, and fun. We can see how this works through the sport of cricket in India."
In an effort to expand the horizon of the sport, Grant and his team have found a passionate city that is embracing skateboarding, wanting to learn more. They have a vision of bringing people together, while impacting the youth in a fun and athletic manner.
Overall, introducing a sport to a city that is unfamiliar with it POPs.
Skatepark for India's Campaign Page