Toronto, ON – (November 23, 2021) Prolific figure skater Elladj Baldé today announced the launch of his non-profit organization – Skate Global Foundation (SGF) – a global footprint built on three main pillars: equity, diversity and inclusion ( EDI), Mental Health and Climate Change. Co-founded by Michelle Dawley – Creative Director and Choreographer for Tate McRae, SGF’s first initiative includes an exclusive partnership with Canadian development leader EllisDon, where the two organizations will work together to build outdoor rinks in underserved communities across the country. Canada, focusing on the diversity gap within sport.
“I am incredibly proud to be able to share this announcement and this initiative with the world,” says Elladj Baldé. “Throughout my career, the unfair opportunities for BIPOC individuals in this sport have been glaring for me. Something I’ve always wanted to be able to work on is changing the culture of figure skating – so being able to make that vision a reality is wonderful to experience!
The first rink is slated to open in the Temple community in Calgary, Alta. On Dec. 17, 2021, as a permanent facility, and through another partnership with Jackson Ultima, will provide 100 pairs of skates to community members.
“EllisDon’s culture isn’t just about building, it’s also about creating authentic relationships with the communities in which we build,” – Sean Dekoning, CET, Vice President and Area Manager (Calgary), EllisDon Construction. “We are proud to partner with Elladj, the Skate Global Foundation and the Temple Community in Calgary to rehabilitate an ice rink that will promote inclusion and bring community, families and friends together.
Above: Elladj Baldé
Baldé, one of the most sought-after professional figures in the world and who gained worldwide fame in December 2020 with his very inspiring and original skating routines on wild ice, uses his time to regularly advocate the need for diversity and inclusion in the world. sport of figure skating. It has famous fans including Jennifer Garner, Ryan Reynolds, Will Smith, Jennifer Aniston, Octavia Spencer, Dan Levy, and has been on the cover of the Winter 2021 issue of Cottage Life magazine. Often the only person of color on the ice, Baldé is passionate about bringing opportunity and tangible change to one of Canada’s most beloved sports – skating.