Some twenty years after his debut at the 1995 Inaugural Extreme Games Newport, X Games gold medalist Kevin Robinson (K-Rob) will travel full circle, appearing at the 2nd Annual New England Festival of Hope on Sunday, September 20th from 5pm to 7pm at Easton’s Beach. It seems only fitting that on the 20th anniversary of the X Games (formerly Extreme Games) that K-Rob will address the crowd and perform an exciting BMX stunt demo at the waterfront event.

K-Rob is a 10-time X Games medalist and World Record holder. Success did not come quickly or easily, but in 2006 K-Rob had his ‘dream season.’ Along with gold medaling twice, he was the first ever to land the double flair (two back flips with a 180 degree twist, for the layman) earning him BMX Vert Best Trick. In 2008, K-Rob broke the highest air ever reached on a BMX bike at 27 feet, a record previously set by Mat Hoffman in 2001 at 26.5 feet. Now retired from competition, K-Rob stays connected to the professional sport as a sports commentator for ESPN and as a mentor to younger athletes following in his footsteps.

The Rhode Island native has roots that run deep. From competing professionally at the 1995 inaugural Extreme Games, to practicing at local skate parks, K-Rob has a firm following in Newport and all of New England. Growing up in East Providence in a blue collar working family, K-Rob has a fierce commitment to his state, its’ youth and the sport. With his wife Robin, he has formed the K-Rob Foundation, providing financial support to local children in his hometown of East Providence, enabling them to stay involved and participate in local athletic programs. K-Rob is an avid speaker and hands-on presenter, conducting school assembly and education programs, advocating healthy living, perseverance and anti-bullying.

The festival lineup includes retired Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon, and his wife, children’s book author Kathryn Nixon. The inspirational speakers will offer “Words of Hope During Turbulent Times” at the second annual waterfront event. Family friendly, the festival will include live music, a variety of children activities, as well as free popcorn and cotton candy. Admission is completely free, parking is readily available and all are welcome to attend.

The community event is sponsored by neighboring New England churches: Evangelical Friends Church of Newport, Calvary United Methodist Church, Christ Church, Crosspoint Church, First Presbyterian Church, Graceway Community Church Middletown, Middletown Baptist Church, Mount Hope Church, Portsmouth Evangelical Friends Church, and Portsmouth United Methodist Church.

EFC Newport is a contemporary church located at 70 Bliss Mine Road in Middletown, RI. For more information, visit www.efcnewport.com or call 401-847-1490.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).

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