Kip Continues “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project”

Kip was on hand at the opening of a new skatepark in Cincinnati, OH yesterday as part of his “Comeback Kid Skatepark Project.”  The Warsaw Federal Skatepark, a project of the Lower Price Hill Neighborhood Enhancement Program, features a 35-foot-by-68-foot pump track, three grind rails and a Hubba skate ledge. Kids in attendance were surprised with free skateboards, helmets, knee pads, and backpacks filled with T-shirts and socks. 

 

"I'm always searching for purpose in my life,” said Kip Moore.  "I battle the feeling of if I'm doing enough with the small amount of time I have on this earth each day.  I'm so blessed to get to do what I do, but I have always believed with those blessings come responsibility. Days like today give me that feeling of purpose. I get to see a direct impact in a needed community. I get to see the smiles on these kid’s faces and the positive impact it creates.  There are so many things I wanna do in the inner cities and this is just the beginning.”

 

The "Comeback Kid Skatepark Project” is the first initiative of "Kip's Kids Fund," a donor-advised fund through The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (CFMT) focused on youth and teens.  Other skatepark locations include Nashville, TN; Boston, MA; San Marcos, TX; Annapolis, MD.  For more information and to make a donation visit here.

 

A constant road warrior, Moore is currently gearing up to headline Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater next month, as part of "The Big 98’s Annual Guitar-B-Que Benefitting St. Jude” and recently revealed dates for his headlining ME AND MY KIND TOUR, which will see Moore visit cities across the US and Canada through early December and includes red-hot newcomer Jon Pardi. As Moore continues to be "met with more deafening applause” (CMT) he is currently on the road for Miranda Lambert’s Keeper Of The Flame Tour.  Hailed as a “career song” by Billboard, Moore’s current single “Running For You” continues to climb the charts and is taken from Moore’s critically acclaimed sophomore album WILD ONES, that Taste of Country deems is “tailored for his live show and the thousands of die-hard fans that pack theaters several times each week to see him,” and Huffington Post declares as “one heck of an album… set to produce hit after hit after hit.” WILD ONES follows Moore’s debut album UP ALL NIGHT which was certified GOLD by the RIAA and spawned three No. One hit singles including GOLD certified “Beer Money,” PLATINUM certified "Hey Pretty Girl," and the DOUBLE PLATINUM breakout hit "Somethin' 'Bout A Truck.” 

 

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L to R: Shawn McSpadden - Red Light Management, Ryan Daughtridge - Bustin Boards, Kip Moore, John Hunter - American Ramp Co. (ARC), Brad Turcotte - Universal Music Group

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heffnere1@mail.gtc.edu's picture

Hey, this is really awesome that you're doing this. I broke my wrist last year on my longboard trying to impress my son.. whoops! Anyhoo.. I'm a huge fan of the music, particularly the old stuff... would love to hear that reggae beat song, I think it may be called, "Separate Ways" or something like that. I'm kind of bummed because I'm going to miss pretty much ALL of your shows this fall... it's kind of my thing to hit up concerts as I travel (nerdy writer, I iz) but my usual autumn routine down, and back up the east coast and the midwest has changed. I just graduated in December from Costa Rica Spanish Academy with my TEFL certificate. Woot! Woot! I only carry one backpack, but I always bring a suitcase of books for the kiddos at an outreach center, and this dude that was in my class helped to raise funds and rebuild a playground in Quepos. It's great to hear when other people are doing this kind of stuff, too. I looked at several properties in CR, and I plan to open a center for women and their children (for safe travels and healing, yoga, etc. and we WILL have a skate area... maybe with soft cushions for me to crash upon?) Seriously... you're doing awesome things for the kids... thanks so much. I pretty much took care of my four kids on my own, and anything that people do for kids really touches my heart.

As I said, I'm a bit sad that I cannot be the solo dancing hippie in the back as usual, but I'm currently in Israel until September, and will be going back to CR in October. Perhaps I'll catch you in Detroit in Dec. My sister lives there, sooooo... maybe I'll drag her out of her never ending Woodstock era for a fun night. I think that's why I keep coming back. I laugh and have a great time, and I cherish everyone of my autographs. Thanks for taking time after each show to sign and say, "Hi."  So far, I've gotten the following items signed... several tickets, a shirt, my ballet pointe shoes (Orlando, I think?) a CD, and most recently at the Old Settler's Park gathering... my U.S. Navy cap. Yup, I'm a Vet, and I sure wish that I'd brought my longboard to Kenosha when you did the show with CASE for their crews and us Veterans. I hope you got the "Got Shrooms" shirt with the Georgia Peach cigar inside. I threw the package to the dude who was ever so carefully guarding you from the loco fans.

I was really touched by your music at a particularly difficult time in my life. Yesterday, I took my phone out to the desert, and as the sun set, "Faith  When I Fall" came on. I danced on the rocky earth of a land so full of history... the mountains of Jordan in the distance... I could go on about the beauty here...  did I mention there's a meteor shower around Aug 11? I'll have a view from an old sofa that is just sitting out there... no kidding! (See Desert Ashram, Israel... you can see the OHM from Google earth, and probably the giant mandala the boys built last week, as well)

Your attitude of not submitting, not conforming, or becoming something you are not.. well, let's just say that it has helped turn a shy writer into a jungle and desert loving, book smuggling adventurer, journalist, English teacher. Gracias! Jah bless ~ Miss Jo