1. SKATEBOARDING TEACHES GIRLS TO OVERCOME THEIR FEARS AND TO BE BRAVE. IT ALSO TEACHES THEM TO ACCEPT FAILURE
Skateboarding has now been a part of my daughters’ lives for as long as they can remember. They have fallen hundreds of times. They have also seen their dad, at 42 years old, bleed while skateboarding. And, they have seen other skateboarders attempt new tricks but fail again and again.
My girls have gotten back up and grabbed their boards. I’m sure this is because they have also seen their Dad wipe the blood away, throw on a bandage, and grab his board. They have seen their fellow skateboarders eventually master a trick that seemed impossible two to three weeks prior.
Skateboarding teaches girls to be brave. It teaches girls to be ok with failure, and not ok with giving up. Girls become comfortable with allowing their fear to guide them in understanding their physical limitations, while learning to push their limits in spite of their fear.
2. SKATEBOARDING IS ONE OF THOSE EXHILARATING ACTION SPORTS FOR GIRLS THAT GIVES A SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND THRILL, BUT WITHOUT EXCESSIVE COST
My daughters love roller coasters. They love action. Skateboarding is an action sport that can give girls a taste of adventure and a venue for experiencing a thrill, but in a safe and productive way. Skateboarding is a sport without rules. There are no limits on what a skateboarder can do; new tricks are constantly being created. And, once the skateboard and safety equipment have been purchased, participating in the sport is free.
3. SKATEBOARDING GIVES GIRLS A COMPLETE SENSE OF FREEDOM
Skateboarding can also be a great stress reliever. Skateboarders can lose all sense of time when skating which brings a true sense of freedom when participating in the sport. No buzzers are controlling how long they stay out, no referee is indicating what they may be doing incorrectly, and no teammates are around who can steal their direct connection to their “game” or their time in the “game”. When a skater has committed to a skating session, they are in full control of their own movement, time and space. When asked what she likes best about skateboarding, one of my twelve-year olds said “I don’t know. I feel free.”