We Won! 2012 'Innovation through Sport' Award

Oliver with Skateistans beyond sport award with Ian Thorpe

In 2011 Skateistan was shortlisted for two Beyond Sport Awards – “Sport for Conflict Resolution” and “Sport for Education”. At the 2012 awards held in London we were once again shortlisted, this time as a candidate for the “Sport for Social Inclusion Award” for our in-depth programming involving girls and streetworking youth. The annual Beyond Sport awards are one of the most prominent and prestigious award events in the sport & development field, worldwide.

We are therefore extremely proud to announce that Skateistan was successful in winning the special jury's award for “Innovation through Sport.” This award is given to the most innovative sport and development organization from a shortlist of 30 projects. With this great honor, we see that through sport (in our case skateboarding!), arts, and creative activities we are able to continually push the limits of what is achievable when reaching out to youth. We are very proud that skateboarding has been able to unite and inspire in such a way, and winning this Beyond Sport award will provide new drive and motivation to reach higher.

Founder and Executive Director Olliver Percovich was present in London to accept the award on behalf of Skateistan from five time Olympic Swimming medalist Ian Thorpe. Amongst other attendees at the event were boxing legend Muhammad Ali and footballer David Beckham, as well as dozens of inspiring organizations from around the world. Skateistan also proudly attended the winners dinner on the 25th July hosted by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who launched the Beyond Sport initiative and co-presented the three-day London event.

We would also like to mention our dear friends and partner NGO in Cambodia, Tiny Toones who were also shortlisted for a Beyond Sport award in the “UNICELF Sport for Education” category. This nomination was for their project that teaches breakdancing, literacy and arts to hundreds of marginalized Cambodian youth each day.

Beyond Sport is a global organisation that promotes, develops and supports the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. You can find out more about the 2012 Beyond sport award winners here

Muhammad Ali with David Beckham and youth leadership award winner Matiullah (from Afghanistan!)

Oliver on stage with Olympic medalist Ian Thorpe.

Thanks to Beyond Sport and all our of Skateistan supporters worldwide for making this happen. It means a lot to us!