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File #: 210241    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 3/18/2021 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 3/25/2021
Title: Recognizing Cohen Thompson, founder of Skate University, for his outstanding contributions and ongoing service to disadvantaged youth in his native West Philadelphia community.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Gilmore Richardson, Councilmember Thomas, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Resolution No. 21024100, 2. Signature21024100
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Recognizing Cohen Thompson, founder of Skate University, for his outstanding contributions and ongoing service to disadvantaged youth in his native West Philadelphia community.

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WHEREAS, Cohen Thompson founded Skate University in 2009 with an ambitious vision of uplifting at-risk children and youth in his community through roller-skating; and

WHEREAS, Thompson inherited a passion for skating from his mother and uncles - Craig and Skinny - who carried on the family tradition dating back to his great-grandmother; and

WHEREAS, Thompson, a native of West Philadelphia, credits skating with keeping him off the streets and sought to provide young people in his community with the same outlet; and

WHEREAS, Without any financial backing or outside support, Thompson launched the non-profit organization Skate University to make his vision a reality; and

WHEREAS, Thompson purchased dozens of roller-skates at his own expense and began organizing Skate University lessons for children and young adults free-of-charge; and

WHEREAS, Skate University, according to its organizational mission, seeks to not only equip kids with the ability to skate, but also teach valuable life skills including teamwork, self-confidence, and means to maintain both physical and mental wellbeing; and

WHEREAS, The project has consistently grown through the years, and Thompson recently worked to clean up the Granahan playground in West Philadelphia to use for skating lessons; and

WHEREAS, Recognizing the potential of the project, Thompson began receiving outside investment and City support to transform the space into a bonafide skatepark and home of Skate University events and lessons; and

WHEREAS, Thompson also uses the space to hosts barbeques and community events which bring neighbors together and combat crime and violence; and

WHEREAS, In addition to giving back to his community and uplifting young people in Philadelphia, Thompson has been serving the public at-large...

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