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Rolling With Eight-Year-Old 
Skateboard Queen Sky Brown

Not only does Sky Brown shred harder than anyone else in her hometown of Miyazaki, Japan, but at only eight years old, she’s also the youngest person ever to compete in the Vans U.S. Open Pro Series skateboard tournament. Now gaining notoriety as a pro skater while most of her peers are mastering multiplication, Sky hopes to inspire kids in low-income areas around the world with her tenacity. “I know that kids relate to kids, and I really want to connect and make friends and hopefully inspire other children through skateboarding,” Sky explains on her crowd-funding page fundrazr.com/skate4change. When Sky isn’t grinding on the half-pipe, she’s taking to the waves to hone her surfing skills. But her true mission is to motivate kids to pursue their dreams and stay in school. “I wanna make a positive impact,” she says, “and empower children in vulnerable and dangerous situations.”

 

 

By Meghan Sara

Photo: Ian Logan for Girl Is Not A 4 Letter Word

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