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ESRA/Shapiro Skateboarding

Providing disadvantaged children a sport, a skill, discipline training and self-confidence. Following regular attendance, the children are gifted skateboard equipment at the end of the year. 

The Problem

Youngsters from distressed areas in Netanya have no organized activities in the ‎afternoons. They spend their time on the streets, often getting into trouble.‎

The Solution

Provide youngsters with an organized framework where they are taught a sport, a skill, discipline and self-confidence, all through the enjoyment of a popular sport – skateboarding.‎

The Method

Four groups of youngsters receive lessons in the art of skateboarding, taught by young adult skateboard experts. Scholarship students escort the groups from their respective neighborhood to the Skatepark. Participants receive all the necessary equipment for their skateboarding lessons, including helmets, knee and elbow guards, shoes and skateboards, all of which is gifted to them on their successful completion of the course. They gain control, and the confidence to pick themselves up when they fall, all while having a wonderful time.


‎‎26 specially chosen teenagers from Neot Shaked and Nordau in Netanya, (many of whom are pupils in ESRA’s Students Build a Community ‎projects), 2 group leaders.‎

12 specially chosen teenagers from Rishon Lezion, 1 group leader.

10 specially chosen teenagers from Beer Sheva. 


Winter Pond Park, Netanya.

Skatepark Rishon Lezion.

Skatepark Beer Sheva.


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