BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Top BMX bikers and skateboarders from across the region put their talents on display during the 18th Annual Joe Tiseo Memorial Skate Jam on Sunday, September 1 at the Joe Tiseo Memorial Skatepark in Bloomfield.
The Labor Day Weekend event was a celebration of the life and spirit of Bloomfield native and groundbreaking BMX competitor Joe Tiseo, who died in 2001 as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Tiseo's mother, Anita, is the founder of this wonderful community event that began in the township 18 years ago,
Fellow Bloomfield High School graduate Mac Hyppolite Jr., one of the events staunchest supporters, was on hand throughout the duration of the jam greeting the competitors, family, friends and spectators.
“This is truly an amazing event to pay homage to local legend Joe Tiseo, someone who was way of ahead of his time that was going pro,” Hyppolite told TAP. “He was a man that showed love to everyone that surrounded him and to the community.”
At the time of his passing, Tiseo was a local BMX legend, a regular on the fast-growing indoor skatepark scene, was featured in magazine spreads, and appeared in many videos showcasing his top-flight skills.
The afternoon jam also featured food, giveaways, prizes and a live disc jockey to keep everyone entertained.
Hyppolite, a legendary bicyclist in his own right, added, “Joe was a man without a doubt that will continue to forever continue to inspire us all.”