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Social change through sports

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  • August 14, 2020
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Social change through sports

Part of: GS Mains I – Society; Social change 

Context: (Case study) 

  • Skateparks which were built in some villages in MP helped few skateboarders (children from poor or middle-class families and farmer families) to participate in world championships. 
  • Children find hope in skateboarding to pull their households out of extreme poverty. 
  • Skateboards, shoes and trips to tournaments are crowd­funded. 

Sport heralds social change 

  • The sport is helping challenge caste and gender prejudices in the village.  
  • The sport has accorded identity to tens of children and their families.  

Young skaters must stick to three non-­negotiable rules: ‘No school, no skating’, ‘Everyone is equal’ and ‘Girls first’. 

  • This has improved school attendance.  
  • Boys share their boards with girls during practice hours. 
  • The sport has brought the village’s two communities — tribals and the dominant Yadavs — on the same platform.  
  • Sports create an equitable space. 

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