As an 8th grader at Suzanne Middle School, I had the great privilege to work for the school’s newspaper. I wrote articles on groundbreaking topics such as, “Green Day: Smart or Sellout?” and “Why Baggy PANTS Should Be Allowed”. I was getting some pretty damn good interviews as a 12-year old journalist. This position for the school’s paper came with its perks. That year, we went on a field trip to the NBC studios where SAVED BY THE BELL was shot. We saw a live TV taping of a 30-minute episode and afterwards, had the opportunity to interview one of the cast members for our school’s paper. Naturally, I chose the actor I could relate to the most: Mario Lopez. I was whizzing through the interview with the little time they gave me and in the middle of the interview he gave me the best possible advice ever.
He said, “You know Mike, when I came here from San Diego as a teenager, my agent told me that with my facial mutation (DIMPLES), I wouldn’t go very far in Hollywood. Well I sure showed them. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t live your dream”.
Then it hit me, I had to follow Mario’s advice if I were to ever make it big. So the first thing I did when I was 18-years old was gets some DIMPLE PIERCINGS since I didn’t have them naturally. Unfortunately, those dimple piercings hindered me from getting a real job until the age of 27. When I took the piercings out.
DC’s pro skater Chris Cole, regarded as one of the top and most influential skaters in the world and he too has deep dimples. Chris is helping inner city youth learn to skate like him and maybe he too can give advice on how to use your dimples to your advantage. Cole, DC, and Camp Woodward, along with other sponsors, are sending 30 girls and boys enrolled in the Philadelphia PoliceAthletic League to a week-long skate camp at Woodward Action Sports Camp inwestern Pennsylvania.
Cole and the camp are covering tuition (more than $1,000 per camper), while DC will supply each kid with aChris Cole S, a shoe inspired by the skater himself. Cole will also provide each camper with spending money to take advantage of the state-of-the-art camp’s many attractions and hotspots. Even medical insurance will be covered. The kids begin their skating adventure August 21, 2011.
“We are excited to support Chris in his effort to help these kids,” said DC’s VP of Marketing, Jeff Taylor. “It is a huge initiative for DC to give back to the community and we feel that skating can have a great impact on these children’s lives.”
While at camp, the kids will work with 30 pro skaters, trained instructors and hundreds of other young skaters learning to dominate the courses at Woodward. They will be exposed to outdoor courses, indoor courses and a variety of skating activities. The kids, aged 8 to 17, represent eight PAL centers throughout Philadelphia; Cozen, Gibbons, Harrowgate, Hartranft, Nicetown, North Penn, Tacony and Wissinoming.
Cole, who grew up in Levittown, PA, has been skating since 1990. Growing up in a single-parent household, Cole said that he always had wanted to attend Woodward, but was never able to go due to financial limitations. Now one of the world’s most successful skaters and an entrepreneur, Cole has decided to make that dream come true for other children in similar circumstances.
“I believe that skateboarders and the community that we’ve created have the ability to do great things. This is one of them. Growing up skating in Philadelphia, having that be my home base, makes me want give back. I used to dream about going to Woodward Skate Camp but was unable to afford it. It wasn’t until I was a pro that I finally went. Giving kids with a similar situation the chance to go to my favorite skate spot in the world is just plain incredible. I am proud to be involved with this.”
PAL’s Commanding Officer, Lt. Bryan Anthony, said that he is amazed by this display of generosity: “To send 30 children from the inner city – free of charge – to a camp that costs more than $1,000 each, is absolutely amazing. These children are so lucky to have people looking out for them and to be presented with this awesome opportunity – it’s not every day that a pro skateboarder contacts PAL and makes dreams come true for so many kids. We’re so grateful to Chris, his sponsors and the folks at Woodward who are making this possible for our PAL youth.”