"I always wondered: where does identity come from? When I was born in the Ukraine, my way of life was foreseen as the one of a poor Eastern European loser. Later on while fleeing from the Chernobyl accident, I got the identity of a refugee without a home. Now living in New York, I keep realizing my dream. And doing what I want...giving my life the identity I want.
And that's exactly what skate-aid does: Encouraging young people to find their own identity. It's not important where you come from, it's important where you go."