NORTHPORT, New York, June 12
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Skateboarding has long been seen as an enemy to institution, adulthood and order, but Jack Fass, recreation supervisor for the Town of Huntington, sees things differently.
“Unfortunately skateboarding has a bit of a bad reputation – I don’t know where that comes from,” Fass said at the Lenny Lamb Memorial Skateboard Contest on Saturday. “I think it’s a stereotype. For the most part, these kids are polite and they just love to skateboard.”
The Town of Huntington hosted the seventh annual Lenny Lamb memorial at Veterans Skate Park in East Northport on Saturday, when over 60 skaters came out to show their support for the sport, Lenny Lamb, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation – to which all of the proceeds from the day went.
Lamb was killed in a 2007 motorcycle accident while he was just a seventh-grader at Oldfield Middle School. Lamb’s classmates banded together to remember him in the way they best could: skateboarding.
“[Lenny] was known his love for skateboarding,” Kerrie Brierton, one of Lamb’s former teachers, said. “After the accident happened the first kids wanted to raise some money to get him a yearbook so that they could all sign it, but when he passed away they kept going and wanted to get something dedicated to him at the Greenlawn Skate Park, like a bench or a plaque.”
Instead, once the kids approached the town, the memorial skateboarding contest was created.
“It’s hard to believe that seven years ago we presented the first event at the Greenlawn Skate Park,” Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson said in a press release. “Since that time, this sport has grown so much which prompted the addition of the second skate park at Veterans Park.”
This year, several competitions were offered, such as best trick, street course and flow bowl, and were tiered so that beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters could all participate.
One of those skaters was Eddie Henriquez, a friend of Lamb, who has been participating since the contest’s conception.
“I met him on my bus in elementary school and we became friends because he knew I skated and he skated too, so I said, ‘Alright, let’s skate,’ and we became good friends after that,” Henriquez, now a student at Harborfields High School, said. “He was very generous, very caring – a nice kid, you know? He’d appreciate this contest and if he was here he’d be skating in it.”
With over $2,000 usually being raised “in a good year” by the contest – according to the event’s coordinators, Joe Mannix and Steve Zacharevitz – Lamb’s name will continue to help kids in need, and promote the sport of skateboarding.
Street Course – Beginner
1. Maxwell DeBrino
2. Amari Diallo
3. Logan Kirshak
Barrier Contest – 16 and over division
1. Prince Lang
2. Eddie Henriquez
3 Adam LaFleur
Stair and Rail Best Trick Contest – 15 and under
1. Steven McCrystall
2. Matt Marzbacher
3. Thomas Drum
Stair and Rail Best Trick Contest – 16 and over
1. Prince Lang
2. Adam LaFleur
3. Eddie Henriquez
Flow Bowl Contest – 15 and under beginner
1. Logan Kirshak
2. Maxwell DeBrino
3. Lexi Cassell
Flow Bowl Contest – 15 and under
1. Thomas Drum
2. Rayad Abaza
3. Ray Weisbrot
Flow Bowl Contest – 16 and over
1. Eddie Henriquez
2. Sean Plundeke
3. Joe Mannix
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills (Thursday, June 12, 2014; A23)