Skateboarding Class at New York School Empowers Teen Girls
등록 일자: March 10
(기사 일부 대역)
It's been more than half a century since some California surfers who couldn't find a
wave slapped a wooden board onto a set of skate wheels and took off down the
pavement. Since then, skateboarding has become a hugely popular pastime and
competitive sport for millions of young people across the United States and the
캘리포니아 해변의 서퍼들이 파도가 신통치 못할 때에 스케이트 바퀴들 위에 나무 판대기를 붙여가지고 보도 위를 활주하기 시작한지 아마 반세기 이상이 지나갔을 것이다. 그때부터 스케이트보딩은 미국 전역과 전 세계에 걸쳐 수천만 젊은이들 간에 대단히 인기 있는 장난이며 경쟁 스포츠로 발전했다.
It's a sport that has long been dominated by young men. But at East Side
Community High School in New York City, young women, too, are learning to
experience the thrills and spills of skateboarding and the empowering bond of
skater culture through a one-of-a-kind class.
그것은 다년간 주로 젊은 남성들이 즐기는 스포츠이었다. 그러나 뉴욕시의 이스트 사이드 커뮤니티 하이 스쿨에서는 젊은 여성들도 스케이보딩의 스릴과 넘어지는 재미를 경험하며 독특한 교습반에서 스케이터 문화를 통하여 유대감과 자신감을 경험할 수 있도록 배우는 중이다.
"Well, since, we got skateboarding in school, before I didn't really know how to
skateboard or anything, so when I came here I learned a lot," says student Jade
Fellows. "And I started thinking about it outside of school, so I got a skateboard."
Billy Rohan, a professional skateboarder by trade, teaches the class.
"This program came about through a group called Open Road of New York. It's a
nonprofit organization that I work for," Rohan explains. "We started an after-school
program here at the park. And the school saw the amount of kids that were here
and wanted to expand the program to possibly doing a class in the high school."
The class teaches the fundamentals of skateboarding and also inspires the girls to
continue improving their skills.
"The first time I stepped on the skateboard, I fell, and I thought, 'I'm going to get
back up and try again,'" says student Michelle Whitaker. "And now I'm
skateboarding fast. And Billy was really proud of me 'cause I did that. 'Cause I
learned how to skateboard... in the matter of two weeks."
"I noticed that the girls in the class, that when they first started, they couldn't stand
on the board or do anything. It was their very first time ever skating," Rohan
says. "To now, where I've actually seen some of them buy their own skateboards to
bring after school. And that's kinda cool to see, 'cause it's not just for guys. Anybody
can do it as long as you're having fun with it."
"There's so many sports out there that they say are only for boys," says Jade
Fellows. "But girls, they can play in any sport. And when people hear skateboarding,
they think it's a boy sport, but we're not boys and we're here skating."
Assistant Principal Tom Mullen has also noticed a change in the girls and boys of
the class - and not just skateboarding skills.
"I've seen the kids feeling better about themselves. A lot more confidence. I think it's
because they tried something new. They practiced at it. They feel themselves
getting better at it. And that builds confidence."
The students are taught to balance and to get back up again, no matter how hard
"I've seen a lot of the kids that I've never seen before coming after school and
skating the ramps that we bring out. They start to kinda have this mentality that now
they belong to a group," Rohan says. "Whereas before, they kinda didn't feel like
they were part of anything. And then they started the skate class and saw how many
kids were here after school. And if they just showed up, it didn't matter if they were
good or not good at it, if they were just there. They felt like they were part of
Tyriq Holloway generated interest for the class by writing a petition. He has also
found his passion for the sport.
"It just kept me busy. Because if I don't land something, I want to land it. So
whenever I have free time, I'm skating," says Holloway. "And that's it. I just like to
skate now. School's first, but after school during lunchtime I get to skate. So I'm
After school, the park is open for Rohan, his students and other skateboarders in
New York City as a hassle-free place to practice. This has created an environment
where many can reap the benefits of the program and shows how important it is to
help others reach new heights.
Having a proactive role model has helped the students to value discipline and
taught them that through skateboarding, they can break many boundaries in their
"We have opportunity to do things, so that's why I'm taking it," says Michelle
Whitaker. "So I can try something new, and I'm a girl, and a lot of girls don't do this. I
really learned a lot by skateboarding."
Holloway concurs: "Anything is possible. Anything. You can get anything.You just
gotta work for it."