A week from today, Jacksonville will make history. For the first time ever, a city has opened its public spaces for International Go Skate Day. A massive skateboard expo and competition will happen in Hemming Plaza. PB&J (Party, Benefit, & Jam) has partnered with KONA Skatepark for the event. The ultimate goal of the event will be to raise awareness and funds for the launch of a new alternative high school: The KONA school. The school is taking an pedagogy into a more adventurous place.
Personally, this event means a lot. Being one of the founding members of PB&J, over the past two years we worked really hard to create an organization that cares and does good in the community. While working at On Ideas, I’ve witnessed such incredible change in downtown. I’m proud to be a part of Go Skate Day via my non-profit work with PB&J.
Skate culture has shifted in the last 30 years. The image of a skateboarder no longer conjures up the image of a long-haired 15-year old. Those skaters have grown up, and now they’re sharing their passion of skateboarding with their kids. Skateboarding, dare I say, is becoming a family sport – and finding a wider appeal in the mainstream.
Go Skate Day isn’t only a celebration of skate culture. It’s a statement that skateboarding has the potential to bring community together. Come support Go Skate Day next Thursday evening, June 21st, from 5-9 p.m. in Hemming Plaza