DC and South Shore Distribution hosted the 16th annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam for the Make-A-Wish foundation, presented by Zumiez, this past weekend on Saturday, November 3rd 2012 at the Southside Skatepark in Houston, Texas. Thanks go out to all the sponsors that made this event happen including South Shore, Southside, Red Bull, Mophie, Zumiez, and Independent.

Charity event has raised over $805,000 in total

Skateboarding’s largest charity event raised over $85,000 this year bringing the total over 16 years to an amazing $805,000. Twenty top skateboarding pros and fifty-one ams showed up to support the event including DC athletes Chris Cole, Nyjah Huston, Davis Torgerson, Wes Kremer, Matt Miller, Marquise Henry, Cyril Jackson, Evan Smith, Jett Eaton, Jagger Eaton, and Tom Schaar.

During the event DC and South Shore hosted a series of skate contests, autograph signings with the pros, and lots of product giveaways, all benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Cheers to DC skaters Nyjah Huston and Evan Smith for taking home four awards that day. Nyjah Huston won Best Trick-Street and Zumiez Best Trick while Evan Smith took 1st place in the Bowl Jam and the Zumiez Destroyer Award.

“Thanks to everyone that attended, assisted, and skated, at the 16th Annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam for Make-A-Wish! When we started in this event in 1997, we had no idea that we would ever get to $800,000, but we did this year! I never imagined we would be still doing this over a decade let alone 16 years. Many thanks go out to everyone that helped us get to this point, making over 150 wishes come true for some very special children going through some really tough times. God Bless, “ said Damian Hebert, event Co-Chair.

The JRSJ has raised more than $805,000 and each year 100 percent of the funds raised are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana Chapter. For additional information on the Johnny Romano Skate Jam please visit www.johnnyromanoskatejam.com or www.dcshoes.com/skateboarding.

Photo Credits: Mike Blabac

Nyjah went home with two awards—Best Trick in the Street comp and the Zumiez Best Trick down the hubba, handrail, and stairs.

Nyjah Houston
Nyjah Cab flip backside lipslides the A Frame rail in the Street comp.

Evan Smith
Evan took a heavy slam and had to leave the contest early, so the DC team filled in to accept his Bowl Jam 1st Place and Zumiez Destroyer awards.

Evan Smith
Evan back tails the handrail during the Zumiez Best Trick.

About DC: Founded by Ken Block and Damon Way in 1994, DC quickly grew to a leader in performance skateboarding shoes andrenowned action sports brand. Today DC stands as a global brand whose product line has expanded to include men’s, women’s and kids’ skateboarding and lifestyle shoes, apparel, snowboards, snowboard boots, outerwear, and accessories. As one of the cornerstones of its marketing strategy, DC has built a world-class team of professional skateboarding, snowboarding, surfing, BMX, motocross and rally athletes that exemplify and enhance DC’s brand, develop its signature products, and support its promotional efforts. DC is a subsidiary of Quiksilver, Inc.