NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (October 3, 2002) — The United Skateboard Association (USA) has announced the first annual GROM Championship. The GROM Championship will take place at the X-Games Skatepark in Philadelphia, PA, November 16 — 17, 2002.

The GROM Skateboard Championship is for preteens 13 and younger who have qualified from twelve GROM Series skateboard contests run throughout the year.

“This years’ GROM Series saw the talents of young skaters from Illinois to Vermont to Maryland, ” says USA’s Founder T. Eric Monroe. Some of these kids have skills that can match the top amateur skaters. The emphasis of the GROM Series is to give these kids a platform to showcase their skills amongst their peers, while providing a family friendly atmosphere for kids and parents.

The GROM Championship is a two-day street (park) competition at the new X-Games Skatepark located at the Franklin Mills Mall in Philadelphia, PA. The championship will be highlighted by professional skateboard demonstrations from Alien workshop/Habitat, Zoo York, and 5boro. The Championship begins on Saturday with the semifinal round of competition, and wraps up on Sunday afternoon with the final round, professional demonstration and awards ceremony.

Founded in 1998 The United Skateboard Association (USA) hosts two amateur skateboard series, the Beast of The East and the GROM contest series. The GROM series was started in 2001 to focus on the 6 to 13 year old beginner and intermediate skateboarders, while the Beast of The East focuses its efforts on the top amateur talent among the 15 — 22 year olds. In early September 2002, the USA partnered with other national and international skateboard organizations to form a world governing body for amateur skateboarding.

In addition to amateur skateboarding events, the USA also serves as a marketing and consulting agency to corporations that are looking to properly align themselves with the core of the action sports market — SKATEBOARDING.