founder & project manager
Hey, I'm Pia! I'm a studied psychologist and sports scientist from Germany. For 10 years I have been living in my home of choice, Innsbruck, Austria.
I founded SKAID in spring 2017 when I had spent some time abroad, finished my studies and couldn't make excuses for not taking action in the refugee crisis anymore . I had been thinking about starting a project but didn't quite know how and at first didn't find people with the same motivation ("no time, no need").
I finally found the courage to start the project on my own and am now very very happy to have found lots of support by the local skate community and a team that is skilled, funny and above all kind hearted from top to toe.
As I watch our young participants improve I really get the impression that SKAID will help them to find their place in our society and will contribute to their growing into self-confident adults.
My wish is that they will be able to identify with something else than just cultural background or nationality and that through that shared identity and passion they will find friends anywhere in the world they might go in the future.
trainer, graphic design
Hi, I am Tun, one of the trainers at SKAID. I have been skateboarding for about 18 years now, i can‘t remember for sure. The only thing i am sure about though is that I loved skateboarding since day one and could not let it go. It is a fun sport with lots of room for creative self expression.
That‘s something I always wanted to share. A lot of the kids that I train now never stood on a skateboard before they came to Innsbruck, and now they explore the city with a board under their feet nearly on a daily basis. That also makes me a proud trainer! But besides skateboarding i am also a student at the University of Innsbruck and soon to be Architect.
trainer, fundraising support
I'm Ferdinand, 25 years old and one of the trainers of SKAID since the beginning of the project in summer 2017! I've finished my study in sociology and am currently studying science of education. Besides skateboarding, my hobby is making music. The reason why I joined skaid is that I really like teaching skills to others and that I'm convinced, that skateboarding is the perfect sport to get people from other cultures connected with the local people. In addition, it's a sport, that can be practiced everywhere: skateparks, certain spots in the city or even on the sidewalk in front of your house.
trainer, sponsoring support
my name is Jonas, I ve been living in Innsbruck since 2011 and skating since I was very young. Then, my passion for Snowboarding brought me in the alps.
Beside skating, surfing and snowboarding I love to make music and go traveling. I've been am working for SKAID since the birth of that project and I am really happy about seeing the participants growing in all kind of ways. Except for the integration, I think the best benefit of the project is having fun and the meaningful leisure activity.