Perry Brothers Bring Skateboarding Talent to West Texas from Dallas

Perry Brothers Bring Skateboarding Talent to West Texas from Dallas

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Where there are skateboards there is a desire to reach goals with high altitudes in mind.Local youth that skateboard at Rose Park have no time to be bored. Their love for skating has turned into a routine for many. The park is a place where some parents drop off the children while others decide to stay and watch them. You can see them young and old, happy and filled with vitality and energy looking forward to many sunny days.{{more}}An adrenaline rush gives one confident skateboarder a cue to lift himself up in the air as he successfully makes it over a bright blue barrel giving a performance of a winner. It is a start that takes much practice over time to learn. Without the skateboard park it would be impossible for youth to be motivated. “It’s a positive place to hang with friends and taught by older friends. I do not know what I would do without the skating park.” said Jaylon Perry, 13, who is a seventh grade student at Craig Middle School. “My brother Jordan, 13, had just turned five and found the skating on You Tube,” He said to me, “Look at this, isn’t that amazing. My mom saw how bad I wanted to skate and I started when I was three. I have been skating for seven months now at the park.”The two brothers moved from Dallas last May to live with their father, Stephen Perry, after living with their mother Konzwala Campbell. The interest, time, energy and experience in skateboarding has paid off for the young teen when Perry recently won a skateboard after entering in a contest at the Prime Time Family Entertainment Center on June 18th. “Jaylon is a natural athlete since he was two years old. We would go to the park and while talking to his parents they would ask him to throw the ball. He would do that and also catch it with a glove.” said Stephen Perry. Jaylon and Jordan both spend time at the park. Their father drops them off while encouraging them at home, teaching them to stay focused and positive. Perry feels it is important to teach his sons about making wise choices in life. “I make sure to teach them to form good habits like cleaning their room. Anything is possible if they apply themselves to learning good work ethics; treating others as they would want to be treated with respect. I am helping them become responsible leaders and am educating them about the traps in life like making a wise choice to turn down cigarettes if they are ever offered to them,” said Perry. Stephen was brought up in a military family and settled in Abilene when his father was stationed at Dyess Air Force base.The skateboard park has been good especially for the Perry brothers; it helps them stay out of trouble while enjoying what they do. They are also busy and do not have much time to think about their life changes, transitions, and loss; the park helps them cope while they skate. Some of these changes include moving from their mother’s house who lives in the big metropolis of Dallas to Abilene to live with their father Stephen and stepmother, Debra. Jordan also shared that they lost their half brother, Jeremy Parks, 19, who was killed after being in a car accident in Kentucky four years ago. He shares that it was big news everywhere because Jeremy had a big dream to become a famous basketball player. The boys are also dealing with a culture shock in a new environment and are going through an emotional healing while trying to find the right friends and fitting in.Jeremy was a role model for the young Perry brothers. His story was one of fame and who reached for the highest goal in life.According to his father Stephen Perry, Jeremy attended college and played basketball for East Kentucky State in Frankfort, Kentucky. “His childhood goal was to play for the MBA at the University of Louisville in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a Christian athlete and a very good leader. He was raised by his mother, Cheryl Parks in Kentucky, and well respected in the community. A lot of his friends and family raised horses.” Perry said. “One day while he was taking his new car for a drive that his mother bought him, it started drizzling and he hit a giant tree while running off the road. About 200,000 people made two lines for his funeral procession.” said Perry. “Jeremy was also role model for the many people who knew him in his community.”The skateboarding park continues to draw in youth and many have become regular visitors like Jaylon and Jordan. It is important to remember that with every youth there is a story behind each one and even a unique one like the Perry brothers. Whatever their story, some of these youth yearn for a healthy self-esteem while competing for the highest goals through their life stages. They need to be praised and encouraged by their parents and others to become the best in life. Sometimes it takes the action of the community to do this as a whole.It took action from several youth a few years ago to sign a petition and hand deliver it to the City of Abilene to make the skateboard park a reality. These youth were good examples of go getters in the local community. They were determined to have a place to hang out after being banned from skating downtown.