Cuba Skate is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. Started in 2010, Cuba Skate’s aim is to support and grow the Cuban skateboarding community by providing access to skateboarding equipment that is otherwise unavailable on the island. In doing so, Cuba Skate strives to foster a constructive environment for Cuban youth that will have a positive impact on the greater community.
The Cuba Skate mission is threefold: bring skateboarding materials to the Cuban youth, renovate local skateparks, and create self-sufficiency for a group of skaters that rely tremendously on outside help. Through two-way cultural exchanges, we hope to connect Cubans with the international skate community.
Cuba Skate was started by Lauren Bradley and Miles Jackson, two University of Michigan graduates who participated in a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba. In addition to their time in the classroom and touring the country’s provinces, much of their most influential time was spent with a group of Cuban skate friends. Every day they got to know this group of Cubans on a very personal level, giving them the opportunity to grow as friends and ultimately as an extended family. A key element of this close relationship was a shared passion for skateboarding. This international culture and sport molded Lauren, Miles and these Cuban skaters into a tight unit.
As diplomacy continues to strengthen between Cuba and the United States, we are keen to galvanize this energy and establish sustainability for the island’s skateboarding communities.
Cuba Skate is an apolitical nonprofit organization working to build diplomacy between Cuba and the United States of America. We work in compliance and in respect of both governments. We are interested in people who are willing to work with us and the greater community to promote dialogue and exchanges between Cuba and the United States.
Q – How do I book a flight? Do I need to rent a car? Where can I stay in Cuba?
A – Cuba Skate is not a travel agency, however, if you are looking for travel assistance, we recommend Cuba Educational Travel.
Q – Where is the skatepark? 23yG? And other skate spots?
A – Check out the Cuba Skate Zine for all that info and more!
Q – I plan on bringing skateboard materials on my trip to Cuba, how should I go about giving it away?
A – Awesome, thanks for your support of skateboarding in Cuba! If you would like to distribute gear, feel free reach out to us at email@example.com and we can facilitate you meeting with our representatives in Havana. We also recommend that you check out the skatepark, Paseo del Prado, or other spots to hand out any donations.
Q – Where can I buy skate gear in Havana?
A – Unfortunately, there’s limited access to skateboarding materials in Cuba, and no skate shops. Check out the “Welcome to Cuba Skate” video which explains why we started Cuba Skate and our goals to build sustainability on the island!
Q – How can I help!?
A – There are several ways to help out Cuba Skate. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to organize a Cultural Exchange, make a skateboard donation, or to donate online, click here!