Jim is an example of when greatness is “thrust upon us” against our will. What started as a simple notion to save the money of taking his kids to skate-parks in the region, became a crusade to promote youth activity in urban areas, in a safe and healthy environment. He’s been fighting for the Roc-City Skatepark now for nearly four years, and is starting to make headway. His story inspired us to fight the good fight and understand the difference between criticism and cynicism against our ideas.
Jim is the volunteer President of the Friends of the Roc City Skatepark; an organization being formed as a non-profit to pursue the creation, maintenance, and growth of a skatepark system in the City of Rochester; as well as an advocacy group for all progression-oriented sports. Jim’s full-time career is with the Rochester City School District as a Grants Specialist. As city residents and parents of four amazing children, Jim and his wife Jennifer – a nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery at Galisano Children’s Hospital – are passionate about advocating for youth, and specifically youth in the city.