The Uganda Skateboard Union consists of a group of young people in the Kampala district of Uganda. After watching a skateboarding video from the United States, Jackson Mubiru, the director of the USU, along with a few others decided to build their own skateboard park. The Kintalke Skate Park is the first skate park in East Africa, and was also built entirely without the assistance of NGO’s or government funding. Today, there are over 50 members of the USU who skate daily at Kitintale, and the skateboard company Birdhouse has since sponsored the skateparks, along with a number of private donors who support the cause. Kitintale acts as not only a place for recreation, but encourages community among these young people, both keeping them from trouble and encouraging them to pursue a dream that seems almost unheard of from a small village in Uganda.
Although this isn’t global health related, I think it is so important to learn more about cultural movements that are currently happening around the world. I mean – a skateboard park in Uganda? Sick nasty! As a longboarder myself, I think it’s so awesome that this stereotypically ‘dude’ sport is making it halfway around the world in probably the last place you would expect it. I hope that the movement picks up with more and more young people in Uganda, or even across Africa!
To see more pictures, and to learn more about the Kitintale Skate Park, the Uganda Skateboard Union, check out these links!