FREE&UNION is the first NGO from Greece to care about Skateboard.
We emphasize the AND in FREE and UNION. Indicating that we see ourselves as the connecting element between the general public, their political representatives and a pool of companies and organizations.
Furthermore all our projects follow clear principles and concepts about sustainability. Based on the Sustainable Economic and Social Development as defined by the United Nations. In other words, for us “SUSTAINABLE” is the key word for all our projects.
We help underserved communities create safe and inclusive public skateparks for our children and youth. Therefore we favor projects that have strong community involvement, grassroots fundraising and a base of support from the skaters, parents and local leaders. After that our effort is that this community has a chance to embrace (or to have access) to the recreational and societal benefits of a public skatepark.
Dimitrios Papadopoulos and Konstantinos Chatzis – skaters and initiators of FREE&UNION decided to establish a nonprofit organization. Whose mission would be to serve this community – children and parents alike.
When we speak about Skatepark Development we are aware that we actually mean Public Park Development. With integrated high-tech facilities and multiple possibilities for education and recreation safe for the kids and youth. About Greece? Such places are rare. Most importantly it is to change that and move on so that our children have the same opportunities as children in other countries.
People all over the world skate and you can find a huge amount of skateparks from Reykjavik to Kabul and from Cape Town to Tokyo. In the United States alone there are millions of skateboarders. As a result, even in the smallest towns and villages you can find local youth working on their technical skills. Skateboarding is big and it’s here to stay.
Creating quality space and green areas within the city. Enviromental education like workshops for garbage reduction and garbage recycling.
Sustainability through conscious use of materials in context with green energy and green technologies.
Health and Safety measures for children and youth in public places with integrated High-Standard athletic facilities.
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