BMX show at ECMS was fun to watch

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Back in intermediate school, I sat and marveled at what was happening in front of me.

Under a canopy of oak trees and surrounded by my classmates, we sat and watched other students do high front and back flips in the air, and many other stunt-like moves.

Students at Escambia County Middle School experienced the same thing, but with a minor change — the performers were using bicycles.

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Top Team BMX (bike motor cross) of Milton, Fla. came and performed for the students at ECMS and Atmore Christian School.

The group performs all over the United States, and encourages all to not do drugs and find what they love to do outside of school.

The bikers, Louie Cortese and Tyler Sparr, put on quite a show for the students as they performed various bike tricks via the pavement and ramps they brought with them.

Some of the tricks included letting go of the bike while in mid air and flipping the handle bars around while in motion. It was pretty cool to see.

Bill Madden MC’d the event and provided a commentary of their moves throughout.

From what I heard, Madden is a legend in the BMX world as they helped create many of the inventions bikers use to perform tricks and jumps.

The whole presentation lasted for about 30 minutes, but I know the students walked away different than when they arrived.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Escambia County Children’s Policy Council and Commissioner Karean Reynolds, along with the SROs, helped pay for the Milton team to perform for the students.