Celebrate BMX in Memory of Nick Wilson at the Nike 6.0 Banksgiving Jam, Oct 10th
Beaverton, OR- Oct. 7th, 2009- The Nick Wilson Memorial Park in Newark Valley, NY will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, Oct 10th with the Nike 6.0 Banksgiving Jam. The approximate 8000 square foot public park is built in memory of Nick Wilson, a local rider who died in Iraq while serving his country. Nick Wilson served as a Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class, EOD Mobile Unit and was a vital member of the Newark Valley BMX scene.
For the past four years, the Village of Newark Valley, local BMXer’s and friends and family of Nicholas Wilson, have been committed to building a community skate and BMX park in honor of Nick. In 2007 the Village donated the land and the Nicholas Wilson Memorial Park Fundraising Committee formed to make this dream a reality. Nike was inspired to get involved by local rider Nick Marzolino, who entered an online contest and brought to light the efforts around the Nick Wilson Memorial Park. Marzolino originally won a miniramp for his submission; but the spirit of this project inspired Nike to help complete the park.
“Various fundraisers, grants, and generous donations from local businesses and municipalities helped pave the park and now with the help of Nike, the Nicholas Wilson Memorial Park will be opening this weekend,” said Tracey Cucci of the Nick Wilson Memorial Park Fundraising Committee. “This is a monumental event for the community who rallied together for the memory of this fallen soldier, and for the youth who will be able to enjoy a safe place to ride for many years.”
Please join us to celebrate BMX and the opening of the park at the 6.0 Banksgiving Jam on Oct. 10th. Banksgiving is a day of shredding that brings together the BMX community for a good ol’ session with friends, pro riders, music and a feast for all. Nike 6.0 athletes Dennis Enarson of CA and Todd Meyn of Australia will be flying in to celebrate along with Nick Marzolino, who is returning home from his station in Texas, where he too serves his country.
Riders of all levels are welcome. The festivities will run from 1:00-4:00 PM. All participants are required to sign a waiver and wear a helmet. If under the age of 18, a legal guardian signature is mandatory. Waivers will be available onsite or you can download from nike6.com.
See you at Banksgiving!
1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Nick Wilson Memorial Park (83 Whig Street)
Newark Valley, New York