Free Movement Skateboarding is a non-profit organization based in Athens, Greece. As skaters themselves, they know the many positive impacts skateboarding can have for one’s sense of self-worth and fulfilment; binding people into an inclusive community of diverse friends. Motivated to introduce these positive impacts to those in need with the support of UK charity Help Refugees, founders Will Ascott and Ruby Mateja packed up their lives, along with a load of donated boards and equipment, into their van and drove out to Athens.
Since January 2017, they have been working to establish connections with projects operating inside refugee camps, community centers, squats, the local Athenian community, and other skate charities from across the globe. They teach 8 skateboarding workshops every week, engaging 16 different nationalities, with 45% female participation over all.
Through our collaboration with Gabriel Orozco, we are donating 20% of the sales revenue to Free Movement Skateboarding. The funding will expand their program and allow them to reach a greater number of children within the refugee camp of Schistou.