Students at Liverpool High School's ninth grade annex were treated to a motivational program hosted by Andy Macdonald, the world's top-ranked professional skateboarder. Andy shared important messages about education, goal setting and being drug-free through the "STR8TLK" program, sponsored by Verizon Wireless.
Andy MacDonald, or "Andy Mac" to skateboarding fans around the world, inspires young and old alike with his story of real world success. MacDonald is an eight-time World Cup Skateboarding Champion, winner of 16 X-Games medals including five gold, holder of a Guinness world record, and the first professional athlete to do a public service announcement for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. MacDonald is known not only for his skateboarding talents, but also for how he conducts his business and his life. His determination to become a professional skateboarder, as well as his "lead by example" anti-drug approach, have made him a role model for today's youth and led him to be recognized at the White House by former President Clinton.
MacDonald spoke at three other school districts in the area: Cicero-North Syracuse, Central Square, and Fulton. He concluded his CNY tour with a demo at Red Planet skate park in Oswego where Andy demonstrated some of the difficult maneuvers that have catapulted him to the top of the skateboarding industry. One lucky student at each school was chosen to join Andy for an hour-long private skate session before the public demo. In order to win the private session, the student had to correctly name a trick that Andy did on his skateboard. Other lucky students won T-shirts, hats, a helmet, and a complete skateboard.
MacDonald's story began in elementary school, where he was involved in many team sports including soccer and basketball. One day while playing basketball, a kid rolled across the court on a skateboard. MacDonald asked him if he could try it and he was instantly in love with this new sport. He begged his parents for a skateboard, and so his career began.