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Bike Skills Inspire Fashion to Generate Funds for Growing Sport

Credits: Steve Lenox
Credits: Steve Lenox
Credits: Steve Lenox

PATERSON, NJ- When Shondee Hansford brought the inaugural Wheelie Race and Stunts competition to Pennington Park in May he offered his hope that, with the right support, the competitors that are too regularly seen performing their amazing stunts on city streets would have a safe place to practice and ride in the not to distant future.

And while the event was held in partnership with the Paterson Police Department’s Community Policing Division, and featured visits from both Mayor Jane Williams- Warren and Mayor-Elect Andre Sayegh, Hansford acknowledged that in order to grow opportunities for riders the way he hopes to it will take some significant fundraising, from a variety of sources beyond city government.

It is with this in mind that Hansford has created a line of T-shirts for purchase, the proceeds from which will be used to host future events and “highlight the skills, craft, and hard work of the young men and women that are putting their time into something positive  that brings them hope and joy, and away from violence.”

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The shirts, available in a variety of colors, are currently being sold at Foot Gear, 257 Straight Street, for $35. When asked why he decided to carry the shirts for Hansford store owner Charlie Suh told TAPinto Paterson that not only did he like the design and quality, he also wanted to “help the community.”

“This support the kids,” Suh said. “It will help to create a positive outlet, let them showcase their talents.”


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