WYCKOFF, N.J. — Skateboarders glide through Powerhouse Christian Church in Wyckoff weekly as a Midland Park non-profit uses the hobby to bring people together and teach life lessons.
The club is run by Solid Foundation Skatepark out of Godwin Avenue in Midland Park and meets every Wednesday at Powerhouse Church.
Between 50 and 60 people attend to relax — and then talk about some meaningful issues.
"We call it 'philosophize about life,'" Solid Foundation co-founder Steve Wolfe said. "Everybody's welcome here regardless of what they believe."
The club moved to the Wyckoff church around two years ago. It used to skate at the Midland Park Ambulance Corps building.
The club holds an earlier meeting for junior high school students and then another for high school and older.
Co-organizer Travis Cooper said most of the skaters come from Bergen County but some are from Passaic, Morris and Sussex too.
"I know people who drive over an hour to get here," Cooper said. "It's a great place for skateboarders to come in the wintertime."
The club doesn't limit the action to skateboarders, as scooters and rollerblades are welcome too. The organization also hosts a few art shows a year at Powerhouse Church.
Solid Foundation believes in empowering young people, building relationships and finding a place to skate, Cooper said.
Some topics the group discusses include faith and the struggles of life, he said.
Wolfe said the older members act as role models.
"[Kids] love having peers and guys that they can connect with that are older who care about them," he said. "It seems like in skateboarding, age doesn't really matter. We're able to just be friends because we skate."
MORE INFO: Visit Solid Foundation's website.
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