Council Member Amanda Farías Gives Tyshawn Jones A Proclamation
Today, Council Member Amanda Farías honored fashion icon, model, entrepreneur and adidas Skateboarding global Pro team rider Tyshawn Jones with a coveted City Council Proclamation for his groundbreaking accomplishments, influence and continued contributions to the Soundview community. At just 24 years of age, Jones is already one of the most accomplished and celebrated skateboarders in New York City and around the world.
“During this Black History Month, I wanted to honor Black History in the making in my own district. Tyshawn Jones continues to break barriers and the Bronx is so proud to see him leading in a major industry and see that through his dedication and commitment he is able to accomplish his dreams. It is my hope that this recognition will serve as a reminder to young people in the community that they can set out to accomplish their wildest dreams just like Jones did,” said Council Member Amanda Farías.
“I’m extremely honored for this recognition, which I never imagined I’d be receiving because of skateboarding,” says Tyshawn Jones. “I’m thankful for the culture and all of the people who lifted me up along the way, but my accomplishments would not be possible if it were not for my mother who showed me how to work hard and dream big. Everything I do, I do it for her and my family.”
Jones adds, “And to my Soundview community who also helped raise me to become the man I am today. I’m a byproduct of my environment so this would not be possible if it weren’t for the energy and spirit of the people and the Bronx. Giving back and supporting the next generation from where I grew up was a no-brainer. Thank you so much for this honor, Council Member Amanda Farías.”
Aptly held before Jones’s mural on Lafayette Avenue in Soundview, the press conference commenced in front of the artwork that showcases the inspirational headline “Black Excellence is Dreaming Big” in big bold letters. In honor of true Black Excellence, fellow Soundview native Council Member Farías spoke on what Jones’s contributions and impact meant to her before handing him the City Council Proclamation. Taking the stand to express his gratitude, Jones shared how he cares deeply about representing and giving back to the community–a mutual passion that he reciprocates with Council Member Farías.
Before winning his first Skater of the Year award in 2018, Jones debuted Taste So Good in the Soundview neighborhood, serving the community with delicious and affordable cuisine inspired by the food that he grew up eating. In addition, the young icon has made several donations to Soundview’s public schools where he also received his formal education.