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Local skate group ready to perform in Saturday parade

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - One of the highlights of this Saturday's Hickory Hill Community Parade will be a performance by the Rolling Wheels of Memphis skaters.  Tuesday, the skaters danced to the beat as they readied their parade routines.

"The main routine we teach is called the crazy legs," the group's Kelvin Lane said. "It's basically a footwork kind of like an exercise.  We also skate for health."

Rickey Smith founded the organization 12 years ago.  The skating group consists of 165 members, both young and old.  Their mission is to help save inner city male youth from violence and gang activity through supervised roller skating competitions and basic fun.

"Most of our kids were in the street gang-banging and having problems with school," Smith said. "We try to boost their morale by giving them something to do."

The skaters have performed all across the country.  

"We've performed at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital," Smith said. "We've done things for Feed the Needy."

"We're trying to sway children in a positive direction, so that's why we're taking part in the parade, and we want to show off the talent of not only the young people, but us older folks too," Robin Walker said.

Click here to find out more about Rolling Wheels of Memphis.

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