TEXAS SKATE JAM FOR MAKE-A-WISH RENAMED IN HONOR OF JOHNNY ROMANO

Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2008 by News

(HOUSTON, TX) – October 6, 2008 - Southshore Distribution and Fallen Footwear are proud to announce that the annual “Texas Skate Jam For Make-A-Wish” has been renamed “THE JOHNNY ROMANO SKATE JAM FOR MAKE-A-WISH” in honor of the 10-year-old skateboarder who passed away Sept. 23, 2008.

As skateboarding’s largest and most well-known charity event, The Texas Skate Jam has raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation since its inception and will continue to raise money for the charity under its new name.

“Damian and I met Johnny in 2005 and felt an instant connection with him. He was an everyday skateboarder that was facing a life-threatening illness with the greatest display of courage we’d ever seen. He truly embodied what the Texas Skate Jam was all about and we’re stoked to have the event continue in his namesake.” - Jeff Taylor, Event Co-Chairman

“It has been a privilege to get to know the Romano family and I’m thankful for the opportunity to get more involved with this special event. Johnny has been an inspiration to us all and renaming the event in his honor will hopefully help keep that inspiration going.” - Jamie Thomas

“We’re honored and stoked to have Johnny’s name associated with such a great event.” - Mike Romano, Father

Over 50 top professional skateboarders will travel to Southside Skatepark in Houston, TX on November 8, 2008 to compete in a Bowl Jam and Best Trick Contests to support the cause.

Sponsors of the 1st Annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam for Make-A-Wish include Fallen Footwear, Southshore Distribution, Zumiez, KR3W, Spitfire, Zero, XingTea, Southside Skatepark, Independent, Transworld, Thrasher, and SPoTlight Productions.

For tickets and general event information including hotels: http://skateboarder.com/ or http://johnnyromanoskatejam.com
For other information, contact Damian Hebert: dhebert@skatenet.com
For sponsorship inquiries, contact Jeff Taylor: contact.jefftaylor@gmail.com

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