„A skateboard is more than just a piece of sports equipment.
It can become a part of you. At least that is how it worked for me! Everywhere I took my board with me – and if I didn’t have it under my feet it was in my mind.
And that is what skate-aid is about! It gives kids and teenagers an understanding for the sport, where you can easily have a lot of fun. It also stands for creativity, distraction, rebellion, differentiation, freedom and friendship -All kind of things that are needed desperately in many places of the world. Roll on!”
André Gatzke, Moderator
Blackout Problems, Musiker
"Big shiny eyes, fun and a little bit of hope, which is missing in the daily life - That is what Titus Dittmann and his skate-aid-team give to children and teenagers in conflict areas. Skating connects, like any other sport. Skin color, status, religion are not important anymore when a skateboard is shared my several teenagers at the same time.
Feeling your own talent and learning with and from each other, create community spirit that is missing too often. By touching the hearts of the little ones, Titus Dittmann and skate-aid manage to change their worlds!"
Cem Özdemir, MdB, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen
"My history with skateboarding goes back beyond the start of Dog Eat Dog. Other than a few injuries, my involvement with skateboarding has brought me only positive returns. I have made so many friends, been so many places around the world due to skating. The bonds that were forged, the development of confidence, self worth, and achievement were all possible because of skateboarding. Skating has opened my eyes to possibilities, different cultures, music... so much. Skating knows no language, border or classification. The mission of Skate-Aid is one myself & Dog Eat Dog are proud to stand behind = unity. Keep up the great work!"
John Connor / Dog Eat Dog
Dog Eat Dog, Musiker
„I think anybody who ever stood on a board knows that skateboarding is extremely entertaining. Even looking is fun, alone or together. How great it is that skate-aid is now doing good with the help of the board? We put our thumbs up for the initiative that connects international development aid for kids and teenagers, identity formation, guidance and fun. Youth aid should always be that active.”
„I`ve grown up in small town in America in the 80s, where skateboarding was often considered a crime. We were chased from parking lots, library courtyards and public parks and treated as, at best, a public nuisance, and often as legitimate criminals. Apparently every murder, burglary, rape and assault in America had been solved, so now the police could focus 100% of their resources on a couple of us assholes trying to perfect ollieing over a parking stop.
Back then, there were plenty of organizations, like the cops, the town council and the chamber of commerce trying to keep skaters off the street. No one supports us living our passion. In many countries it is still the same or kids don`t have the chance to skate at a safe place.
Thankfully, today there’s one that has skaters’ backs and I’m proud to support skate-aid in all of its efforts.“
"Evil" Jared, Musiker
"Skateboarding war meine Jugend und ein wichtiger Teil meines Lebens. Das „Hinfallen
und Aufstehen“ hat mir ermöglicht, heute erfolgreich zu sein in dem was ich tue. Diese
positive Energie und Erfahrung dorthin zu bringen, wo das dringend benötigt wird, verdient
großen Respekt und meine volle Unterstützung. Was Titus und das skate-aid-Team aufgebaut
haben ist großartig."
Frank Thelen, Founder, Investor
„I am happy to be a skate-aid supporter, because an idea was born that keeps on spreading. Even in regions where war and misery are part of the daily life, Skateboarding is an instrument that can make people think of other things. I was a passionate skater for myself in my younger years and I am glad, that I got to know the creativity in Asphalt Jungle”
„Skaters are horrible. They roll over old men like me with their boards, they listen to black music, they have long hair and for sure they inject themselves hashish. Good that there are people like this Titus guy who take care of the rascals. So something decent will come out of that.”
Hajo Schumacher, Journalist, Autor, TV-Moderator
“For us in Germany the skateboard is a fun piece of sport equipment. But it is so much more in other places where Titus Dittmann introduces the board. He manages to bring back the joy of life to so many places of the world. His foundation with its initiative “skate-aid” is a great project. A piece of wood on four wheels makes children laugh. Laughter means joy for boys and girls, whose childhood is scarred by war and crises. The board connects and overcomes barriers. I looked at the pictures of skate-aid projects in Afghanistan, Tanzania and Uganda. It touched me and convinced me. For me this is an amazing form of development aid. I support skate-ad from the heart. “
Hannelore Kraft, Ministerpräsidentin NRW
“We owe Titus and his association a lot. Our first gigs, the first sponsored cool clothing, but also much more: rebellious backing and maverick concealment. And if you think of everybody who already had gigs at the Skaters Palace than it is our god damn duty to support this initiative! We’re in!
Henning Wehland, H-Blockx, Söhne Mannheims
If someone asked me today who was the most influential mentor in my life, I would say: No doubt, Skateboarding! It pushed me to go explore the world. It gave me a whole new family of friends. And most importantly, it kept me on the right path. The same fortune I wish upon every child on this planet. Thank you team Skate-Aid for stepping up and making it happen!
"Literally every day of my life as a young kid growing up, I would skate the alleys of Hermosa Beach down to the ocean and back. It was a great way to skate away from all the problems and worries life hands you sometimes. It's also a great way to meet new friends, but also strike out on your own as well. I am a tremendous believer in the power of skateboarding to heal and renew your spirit in life, and skate-aid is doing a fantastic job of spreading that message."
Jim Lindberg, Musiker (Ex-Pennywise, The Black Pacific)
“skate-aid is all about giving kids and teenagers new prospects for their lives. And skateboarding teaches you a lot about respectful social interactions. I think Titus realized that:”
Jochen Mass, Formel 1 Rennfahrerlegende
"When I was very young I wanted more than anything to be a great skater! I worked my ass off trying to do perfect tricks. I fell often and I got hurt a lot but I never gave up, I just got back on my feet and tried again. Skating helped teach me to shrug off disappointment, to never give up and to keep trying even when it meant that I might feel some pain as a result of my efforts. skate-aid carries that "never give up spirit" and that inspires me to do my part to make our world the best planet it can be.
Thanks skate-aid!!! Keep Fighting!"
Justin Sane, Musiker
“Skateboarding connects and conveys creativity, vitality & respect. That is necessary for kids and teenagers, whose life is determined by war and a lack of perspectives. This needs support. I’m in!”
Krisz Kreuzer, Produzent, Musiker Head of Brixtonboogie
“Extreme sport! To get kids on boards that mean the world-far beyond borders. Building skate parks with locals. That(!) is charity that I want to support at 100%! Away from cars but still working creatively. Creating something for eternity. Dear skate-aid team, you are awesome-let’s do it! I’m down!”
Lina van de Mars, Rennfahrerin, Musikerin, TV- Moderatorin
“Through my sport I did not only learn a lot about myself, but I also met a lot of extraordinary people on my trips finding the best kite-spots around the world. Everywhere I see how sports can connect people. The possibility of pushing the limits with your friends, experience success and handling failures is important – that is why I support skate-aid!”
Mario Rodwald, Kitesurf-Europameister
„Ich habe das Wortspiel „skate or die“ umgedreht und „skate to live“ draus gemacht. Grundsätzlich geht es doch darum: Wenn man überleben will braucht man Toleranz und Verständnis – weltweit. Also skate durchs Leben. Take it easy, aber pass auf deine Umgebung auf.“
„Wir wollen die Welt ein kleines Stück besser machen. Nichts weniger als das. In den Kindern unserer Welt sehen wir die Zukunft unserer Welt. Und wir finden: Diese Welt braucht starke Kinder, damit sie eine gute Zukunft hat.“
Ralf Möller, Schauspieler
"skate-aid is a great initiative and therefore more than worth being supported. I have and have had a great through skateboarding. I can’t imagine a better one. I travel a lot and can do what I love. And everybody in the Western world has at least a little bit of this luck to have this opportunity or at least to know about it. But many aren’t that lucky, they don’t know about the existence of skateboarding, and I believe it’s our job to share our luck with the less lucky. Skateboarding works great for that! It brings together so many people and simply tears down barriers like religion, color of skin and origin. On a skateboard everybody is the same. Plus, it’s simply damn good fun. It’s about good vibes."
Renton Millar, Skateboarder
“When Titus just came back from his first Afghanistan journey he was full of enthusiasm to help the oppressed country in form of humanitarian aid. I introduced him to “Cap-Anamur” founder Rupert Neudeck, who built over 30 schools in Afghanistan together with “Grünhelme e.V.” and has got a lot of experience in the country. The result of the cooperation: In September of 2010 skate-aid opened the first skatepark at a school in Heart. It gives kids and teenagers the possibility to compete in athletic contest and develop identity off the beaten track. I only can say: Keep it up! I support skate-aid wherever I can.”
Ruprecht Polenz, Politiker
"I support skate-aid because this sport encourages creativity, individuality and sense of achievements."
Simon Gosejohann, Schauspieler, Cemedian
„Skaters Palace is a little miracle. A private initiative was able to build up a diverse Skater-Artist-Culture meeting point, which makes look every youth club like a boring municipally cultural program.
Why? Because it’s modern. Because teenagers nowadays are able of multitasking. Because sport and music and graffiti belong together. Because teenagers want to work hard on all levels. Their favorite topics movement and revolution are a quest for meaning. A mutual roof provides a safe place for the kids so they don’t have to be alone on their quest. Skaters Palace is more than just a meeting point. It’s an identity giving home. Don’t give up! We need you“
Smudo, Die Fantastischen Vier
THE RESTLESS, Musiker
In front of the flowery dooryards, in front of the grey concrete block of our suburbs, in front of the benches that are in front of banks, before the nighttime peace of our neighbors. Fellas with colourful painted arms, fellas in cool Hawaiian shirts with way to big shorts, fellas with a board under the feeds, fellas with an extraordinary understanding of harmony. Young human potential that move, find its own ways and this way making a chance. Movement is incentive and propulsion. Without jerseys or team psychologists. Without tactics and calculus. With heart and mind. With courage and sovereignty. I support the skate-aid initiative and do not only say thank you to Titus, but: respect!"
Thomas D., Die Fantastischen Vier
“Stop talking, just do it. Titus Dittmann and his skate-aid-team show us how it works. Respect for that. And for the determination to accomplish the big tasks. So kids and teenagers have got a chance of freedom, courage and hope, wherever it may be."
Wotan Wilke Möhring, Schauspieler
"Wir kümmern uns um die Kinder und Jugendlichen, wir holen die von der Straße, die fahren Skateboard und vergessen mal die ganzen Sachen die sie erlebt haben."
Torsten (Toto) Heim