Although there have been many strides within the adaptive skateboarding community, U.S.A. Skateboarding, the national governing body of skateboard culture, is attempting to move forward with an initiative to get the sport in the 2028 Paralympics.
In the video above, The Berrics speak with U.S.A. Skateboarding CEO Josh Friedberg alongside several skaters from last month’s 2020 Olympic qualifiers about how impactful the Paralympics would be not only for adaptive skateboarding but skateboarding culture in general. Disabled athletes such as Oscar Loreto Jr, Dan Mancina, and Aaron Fotheringham all touch on the stride and milestones reached within the community but also the room left for the sport to grow and be recognized by mainstream sports culture. Although the community embraces these athletes for overcoming their adversity and welcomes them, U.S.A. Skateboarding with all its influence is looking to give the niche group time in the spotlight.
Check the visuals above, then watch the week 3 footage of the Women’s Battle at the Berrics.