African Americans in Action Sports
It's Black History Month and Kidzworld takes a look at some African Americans who are making names for themselves in the extreme sports world!
James Bubba Stewart
One of the top supercross stars in the world today, James "Bubba" Stewart. is also one of the first African Americans to break into the sport. Under the encouragement of his dad, James started riding motorcycles at a very young age. James was one of the greatest amateur riders of all time winning nine national titles! He turned pro as a 17 year-old kid and has dominated the sport ever since. Bubba is a true pioneer in his sport and has encouraged a lot of black youth to follow in his footsteps.
Stevie Bell's snowboarding career has really taken off in the last year. The Salt Lake City, UT native is a 20 year-old boarder who adds a different flavor to the snowboarding world. He is a member of the Forum Snowboarding Team where he has already appeared in a few movies. Stevie is a very talented snowboarder who has a bright future and is paving the way for more African Americans who want to hit the slopes.
Philadelphia native Stevie Williams is a professional skateboarder. Being one of the only black skateboarders in his city, he was constantly teased at skate parks because of his race. The taunts didn't stop Stevie from doing what he loved, as he is making a great career out of skateboarding today. He is sponsored by Reebok and DGK skateboards and has appeared in a number of skate movies. He was even featured in several of Tony Hawk's video games.
Ramelle Knight is a professional rollerblader who is trying to take freestyle rolling to the next level. Ramelle certainly has all the tricks to keep audiences amazed. He hails from New York City and brings the hip-hop culture to the sports. His skating crew, Dipskate, is made up of young, hip and black freestyle rollers. We think it is just a matter of time before Ramelle becomes a household name!