Cross-Country Inline Skater Reaches San Diego Destination
Twenty-one year old Jack Sisson recently completed an inline skating excursion across the country to promote Action Against Hunger’s life-saving programs, and to undertake a thrilling adventure. Setting off from Yorktown, VA on June 10th, Jack’s solo journey took him through 10 states and 5 sets of wheels, which had to be replaced when he wore through them.
Jack is a Dartmouth ’09 student who decided to break from the typical summer vacation to do something extraordinary. He wanted to undertake an extreme inline skating adventure and, after research on “The American Institute of Philanthropy” and “Charity Navigator” websites, decided to dedicate his trip to the international humanitarian aid organization Action Against Hunger. The native of New Canaan, CT arrived at Ocean Beach Park in San Diego on August 20th, marking the completion of a daring 72 day journey spanning 3,800 miles.
This epic undertaking was accomplished single-handedly, without the assistance of a support vehicle. Limited help came from his mother, Ellen Sisson, who updated Jack’s website and arranged for accommodations along the way at churches, campgrounds, and the homes of thoughtful citizens. Jack claims that the highlight of his trip was a 25 mile skate along the rim of the Grand Canyon.
Upon his arrival on the Pacific side of the nation, Sisson was greeted by a photographer from the San Diego Tribune, his mother Ellen Sisson, and his father’s cousin, Sarah Culver, who lives in the area. He will be interviewed on the local Fox 5 TV station during the 6:30 AM segment on Friday, August 22.
Sisson used his 3,800 mile trek to raise awareness about global hunger and “get resources and funding for the people in the world who I think need it most, those who lack food and clean water to drink.” According to his latest update, Sisson has raised roughly $4,200 for the organization.
In addition to funds Jack helped to raise, Rollerblade inline skating company has agreed to essentially double that amount, matching these gifts up to $5000. Representatives from the company commend Jack’s dedication to the cause and his embodiment of “the spirit of skating.”
Action Against Hunger would like to congratulate Jack on his safe arrival and harrowing efforts. We thank him for his dedication.
Action Against Hunger, an international humanitarian organization, works to save the lives of malnourished children while providing families with sustainable access to safe water and long-term solutions to hunger. With programs in over 40 countries, Action Against Hunger reaches 5 million people a year, restoring dignity, self-sufficiency, and independence to vulnerable populations around the world.
To find out more about Jack’s "Skate for Hunger", visit Skate For Hunger