Kevin Robinson Newport

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 Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.

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