Michael-Ann Russell JCC first to offer latest sports craze

MARJCC- SkateboardingThe Skateboard Supercross Academy has officially launched its first educational facility in the world at the Michael Ann Russell Jewish Community Center. Just one short year after Jonathan Strauss, the founder of the International Distance Skateboard Association and Alon Karpman, acclaimed Designer CDO of Brooklyn Workshop and ANVL Boards collaborated to create Skateboard Supercross (SBSX).

SBSX was created as the world’s first progression based program for the sport of Skateboarding. It combines all disciplines of skateboarding, specifically longboards, into one level playing field. The vision and concept was to create a racing league and platform based around a type of park for local communities worldwide. The idea begins with a design for an open space at underutilized locations. Once the location gets built, all wheeled sports are welcome to participate. As cyclists and scooters start to see the excitement of longboarders and skateboarders connecting themselves through an App for lessons, events, and bragging rights, they slowly transition to becoming a part of the SBSX network.

The most important component of SBSX is its educational wing: The SBSX Academy which today has its first home at the MAR-JCC. Youngsters as young as 5 can join the program and progress from a scooter ride into full on skateboarding and its entire technical progression. Five different levels based on colors will allow kids to graduate and improve their skills. These levels will also exist as criteria for different track designs so that each community can have their “ski resort” style park for all wheeled sports.

The MAR-JCC was selected as the first home of The SBSX Academy as both Strauss and Karpman call it their home. Strauss grew up at the center attending Hebraica, a Latin Jewish youth movement and Karpman lives only 5 minutes away. Not only is the tie close for the two, the center boasts a newly promoted Get Fit Initiative led by Health and Wellness Director, Dany Weil. “I needed to bring something in that was relevant to today’s youth as part of our cutting edge approach to wellness, and I saw a huge opportunity in SBSX. We are so happy to be the 1st location of its kind in the entire world,” saidWeil. Parents are also spreading buzz about the new program, “This is exactly what our JCC needs, a way to give our kids another opportunity to express themselves through sport,” said BryanMorjain, parent of 2 kids enrolling in the program.

The SBSX Academy is open every day but Friday at the MAR-JCC for ages five and up. For more info and the latest news check out www.SkateboardSupercross.com, or to register, call 305-932-4200 x 145/146.

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