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Meow Wolf sponsors breakdancer's bid for 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Kai Porter
December 19, 2017 05:23 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. -- A Santa Fe teenager hopes to qualify for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, and he’s getting some help from art collective Meow Wolf.


Tino Gonzales-Sherwood, 15, has been breakdancing since taking his first class when he was 6.

"My mom decided to sign me up and I really liked it," he said.

The sophomore at Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe is one of just five breakdancers from the United States chosen to compete for a spot in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games next October.

"The next step I'm getting ready for now is Stage 3, which is in Japan, which is the World Finals to see who goes to the actual Youth Olympics," he said. "There was actually a Stage 2 in Philadelphia that I competed at when I placed first in the U.S. and fourth in the continent."

Meow Wolf is paying for Gonzales-Sherwood’s trip to the World Finals Japan this May after he contacted the art collective about sponsoring him. Meow Wolf is contributing $5,000 for his trip to Japan.

"When Tino and his mom, Alicia, got in touch with us and let us know what was happening we were totally psyched," said John Feins, director of marketing at Meow Wolf. "Like yes, Santa Fe is the place to have one of the great breakdancers in the hemisphere. That's totally appropriate and we will support Tino going to Japan and qualifying and moving on to the Olympics in Buenos Aires. "

This is the first year breakdancing will be part of the Youth Olympics, and it’s the perfect change for Gonzales-Sherwood to represent Santa Fe on the world stage with some help from Meow Wolf.

“I'm really grateful for it. It's a lot of money and it's really helping me move on to that next stage," he said.


Kai Porter

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