Connection Between Skateboarding and Academic Success?

Skateboarding, Schools and Society, a study to be released later this fall, examines the impact that skateboarding has on young people and their education and career trajectories.

At the University of Southern California, Zoe Corwin is capturing information as a part of a national study of how skateboarders possess qualities that help contribute to success in education.

From Education Dive’s article:

“There are skills that skateboarders believe they have learned through skating that are incredibly applicable to education,” says Corwin, who collected survey responses from 5,000 skateboarders and conducted case studies in seven sites across the country, including the Garage Board Shop. “I want to get this in front of college admissions counselors. The types of skills that skateboarders have are really important for college.”

Skateboarding, due to make its Olympic debut in Tokyo, Japan in 2020, has traditionally been perceived as a public nuisance. Jerry Carrera, co-founder of Garage Board Shop in East Lost Angeles, is hoping to change that. The Garage Board Shop has evolved into an after-school tutoring and youth entrepreneurship program, Skate-4-Education. Students ages 8 -18 complete two homework assignments, along with 20 minutes of reading, to earn points redeemable for time skateboarding on the ramps.

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