Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages

Below is a letter I wrote today to the editor of a popular skateboarding magazine, regarding images I keep seeing that I believe portray pro-smoking messages.  As a psychologist and father, I believe this is harmful and that people like magazine editors need to be more conscious of it.  If I get a response I’llContinue reading “Advocacy: Letter to the Editor re: Pro-Smoking Messages”

How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)

I came across this article last week, “How old is too old to skateboard?”  The author talks about “skate geezers”, men he says are too old to be riding skateboards and to be “thinking they’re cool”.  He brings up valid points- that falling hurts a lot more when you’re older (it does), injuries may have more consequences (like missed work or lostContinue reading “How Old is Too Old? (And 5 Reasons Why the Answer is “No”)”

Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 was the grand opening of the Franklin’s Paine Park in Philadelphia, PA. I would call it a skatepark, but it was built as a multi-purpose city park, developed on the idea that, contrary to stereotypes and previously-held beliefs, skateboarders and pedestrians really can co-exist. I find this idea somewhat ironic, since JFKContinue reading “Philadelphia’s Franklin’s Paine (Skate)Park: A Lesson in Resilience and Changing Stereotypes”

On December 1st I’m Skateboarding 100 Miles to Raise Money for a Skatepark!

On Saturday December 1st a long-time friend, Wesley Terry, and I will be riding our skateboards 100 miles. Why would we do this? Can we do it? I don’t know, but we’re going to try. In 2009 we formed the Downingtown Skatepark Organization, a non-profit group out of Downingtown, Pennsylvania designed to advocate and fundraiseContinue reading “On December 1st I’m Skateboarding 100 Miles to Raise Money for a Skatepark!”

Advocating for Action Sports

Those who know me know that I have been skateboarding for many years.  And for the past three years I have served on the board of a nonprofit organization called the Downingtown Skatepark Organization.  Our goal has been to advocate for the local action sports community and to fundraise for an open-access concrete skatepark to beContinue reading “Advocating for Action Sports”