One of the first questions we are asked when someone finds out about our event is "why skateboarding?" And the answer is simple, AJ's passion was skateboarding. Before his diagnoses, if AJ had a free moment, he was more than likely spending it at Wadsworth Skatepark with his best friends and they even had weekly cookouts at that very park. When he wasn't skating he could have been found playing skate video games.
After AJ passed, we held a cookout at the skatepark, much like the ones they hosted when they were younger and that is when the idea came to mind. We were overcome with joy and inspiration to carry on his legacy and his love for skateboarding and decided the best way to do so was to host a skate competition in his memory that also bennefited the Schizophrenic community, The Remembering AJ Skate Competition. We hosted our first competition on November 8, 2015 and all proceeds went to Schizophrenia research at the Johns Hopkins University and also helped raise suicide awareness here in Palm Coast, FL. We raised over $1,800 and had around 100 attendees showing their love for AJ and support for our cause.
We were so overjoyed with the love and support at our first competition that we decided to make it an annual event. We are pleased to be able to bring our community together in support of such a cause and are even more pleased that we have gained recognition from professional skaters, such as Tony Hawk. We hope that we can continue to bring our community together and to spread the love that AJ always exuded.
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