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Moore skate project gains steam

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 – Kip Moore announced plans today for his "Comeback Kid Skatepark Project," a charitable initiative that will oversee the construction of a series of skateparks to benefit communities and kids.

At a press conference today, Moore along with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Salemtown Board Co, revealed the phase one cities of the project including Nashville, Boston, San Marcos and Annapolis, Md. The inspiration for the name of the project comes from "Comeback Kid," a personal anthem from Moore's upcoming album "Wild Ones."

"What started off as a pipe dream of mine years ago, has truly become a passion project," said Moore. "It came from me wanting to give kids in inner cities a safe outlet, where they can form the bonds I know can be made from having somewhere awesome to go and be a part of something they enjoy. I wrote the song 'Comeback Kid' at a time when I felt like a comeback kid, but now when I sing it I think less about myself and more about the kids we are doing this for and how much I admire and respect them. We're starting with these four cities, but the plan is to keep growing this as far and wide as we can."

Each park will have a unique design to provide the first step for anyone of any age to learn how to skate. Most skate spots will range from 1,500 to 3,000 square feet and will include elements such as quarter pipe, bank-to-curb, hubba ledges, hand rail and step up. Most of the phase one skateparks will be up and running by this fall.

The "Comback 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. As an avid rock climber, surfer, skateboarder and outdoor enthusiast, Moore has been drawn to the outdoors and alternative sports for much of his life.

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