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January Skater of the Month

Name:Jerome Johnson

Nickname: Panther

Age: 59

Marital Status:Married

Have been skating for how long: 51 Years

Equipment Brand and Type: Roller Bones - Riddles

Life Philosophy: Do it now, tomorrow might be too late.

Favorite Time of Day to Skate:7:30 PM

Favorite Skating Events: Midnight Ramba - Adult Skate Night

Awards / Competitive Wins:Advancing to the United States Olympic trails in the 800 meters race, Competed in the NCAA Basketball 64 bracket and Conference Champs at Chicago State University.

Most memorable incident / Biggest skating adventure:Skating backwards down hills in Chicago's Park Reserve. Stepping off of the aircraft in 1975 on American soil, from South East Asia.

What do I get from skating:The feeling of being young again and always trying to learn something new from other skaters

Would like to do this year in skating:Go to one of the skating events outside of Texas. (San Diego, Florida, etc...) Do more of the outdoors events.

Coolest Accomplishment:The Army Commendation Medal, the Presidential Sports Award, Teacher of the Year Award.

Other sports / hobbies you enjoy: Tennis, Bowling and Swimming.

Favorite skating gadget / tool:Golden lights on the bottom of my skate trucks

Mentors:My Hero - Brother, Dr. Wille James Johnson

What do you enjoy about being a member of HCIC:All of the Kool activities and the people involved.

Helpful Advice to Beginners: Never give up and not to worry, everybody falls sometimes. You have to learn to run with the big dogs.

Favorite Quotes:"If I gave you everything that I owned, and asked for nothing in return, would you do the same for me as I have for you!?"

Jerome Johnson