Gear for Groms

FPSF’s commitment to youth development, safety, and health is showcased in our popular Gear for Groms (G4G)  after-school skateboarding program. Led by professional skateboarder AJ Kohn, G4G takes experienced and professional skateboarders into communities around Philadelphia and connects them with local groms (skate slang for young skaters) to reinforce important life skills - discipline, creativity and teamwork - through skateboarding instruction

With support from foundations, skate companies and individual donors, G4G provides the equipment (boards, helmets, pads and skate obstacles) and 10 weeks of instruction to youth through partnerships with Philadelphia Public Elementary and Middle Schools and Recreation Centers.  

2012-2013 Gear for Groms programming locations include:

  • Pop's Playground - East Kensington
  • Harding Middle School - Whitehall Skatepark, Frankford
  • The Southwark House - South Philadelphia
  • McMichael School - Mantua
  • McCreesh Skatepark - Southwest Philadelphia
  • Granahan Playground - 65th and Callowhill

Program Contacts:

  • AJ Kohn and Shannon Sexton (Program Managers)
  • Claire Laver

Program Partners:

  • One Skateboard Co.
  • Philly ASAP
  • PA Skate Ramps
  • Triple 8 Safety Gear
  • Ian Tillman Foundation
  • Bambusa Skateboards
  • FTK Magazine
  • Golden Dragon Trucks and Wheels
  • Bones Bearings
  • Olitsky Family Foundation
  • Health Federation of Philadelphia