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Empowerment through Non-traditional, "Extreme" Sports

Introduction of non-traditional sports to children of low-income communities in order to empower them.

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My idea is to introduce children of low-income communites to recreational activities that they are unfamilliar with. Recreational activies such as "extreme" sports offer a multitude of benifits to community members. Children learn new skills, practice honing their skills, interact with other children that they may not have normally interacted with, and achieve self satisfaiaction through aquiring a new skill set.They also learn self respect and work ethics, all while having a good time. All of these things ultimatly lead to a happier child who is able to thrive in his/her own environment. Even if a child is living under less than ideal conditions, their introduction to an actavity that brings hapiness may offer them hope for a brighter future. A child must be happy in order to thrive.

Some of the non-traditional  recreation activites I envision implementing are:

1. Skateboarding. This sport has already been introduced to Afghan children by an orgainization called Skateistan. It has been a largely successeful empowerment tool.  http://www.skateistan.org/

2. Mountain Biking. We could involve mountain bike manufacturers and professional riders to donate bikes and teach riding in rural thrird world countries.

3. Frisbee Golf. This sport would be very easy introduce and has low implementation costs. It can be played by almost everyone, everywhere.

Who will benefit from this idea and where are they located?

Children of any low income communities, focused in areas of the world where these activities have not traditionally been participated in. The focus age group would be 3 years and up. The earlier we can get children involved in these rewarding activities, the better off they will be.

How could you test this idea in a quick and low-cost way right now?

The idea could be tested by choosing an exemplary low income community, and introducing them to a specific recreational activity. For example, giving bikes with training wheels and proper personal protective equipment to low income families with young children in a specific village of Uganda. After the bikes are delivered, skilled athletes from other nations could visit the village and promote the new activity. The final implementation step would be to build facilities specifically designed for the activity.

Since the idea would be tested on only one sample community, it could be kept at a relatively low cost.

What kind of help would you need to make your idea real?

Sponsorship from sporting equipment manufactures. These manufactures could provide the equipment for getting the activities up and running in the communities.

Is this an idea that you or your organization would like to take forward?

  • This idea is meant to inspire. I hope someone else takes it on!

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