About Us
Philadelphia Skateboard Academy

Lifelong Skateboarders
& Professional Educators

All benefiting directly from the teachings skateboarding has taught them!

 The Skateboard Academy of Philadelphia has been serving the Philadelphia area by educating through skateboarding STEAM education for 15+ years!

AJ Kohn and Ronnie Gordon are veteran Professional Skateboarders who traveled the world, competed at the highest levels and developed some of the industries best and up in coming talent. Giving back to the community and making skateboard accessible for all is at the core of what they continue to do since day one! 

It was officially started as an inner city outreach program (Gear for GROMS) working with groups United Communities, Franklins Paine (aka Skate Philly) as well as Philly ASAP developing and implementing after school, weekend and summer camp programs. 

Groups such as Philadelphian Parks and Recreation took notice and recruited us to run the cities 1st competition circuit “The Philly Cup Series” and hired us to organize and run the 1st official skateboard summer camps for the city of Philadelphia for the last 8 yrs reaching over 1000K students per 6 week season! We also organized skate nights (Ladies Night, Roller Skate Nights, LGTBQ nights, Thrashing Thursdays) and afterschool programs at recreation centers and with the School District of Philadelphia.

We also run /ran programs for Abington Township, Camp Airy MD, The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Youth Sports Coalition, YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and Girls Scouts. 


Our Instructors


Director of Operations

AJ is a true renaissance man of skateboarding!

Aside from being the founder of The Skateboard Academy of Philadelphia he is a successful event organizer & mc (World Championships / Contest Series /Fundraisers etc.), top skateboard show performer (over 2000+ shows world wide), skateboard activist, product / park designer, former top level amateur and current top level pro freestyle competitor (innovative and creative tricks) and skateboard educator!

In addition to all his skateboarding accomplishments and entrepreneurial spirit, AJ is also a Industrial Design / Applications Engineer and STEAM Edutainment professional who is always on the road or implementing a new initiative somewhere to better serve the skateboarding community!

His experience and skill in developing hands on applicable educational content, building community and design are second to none!

Making the world a better place through skateboarding! www.ajkohn.com



Skateboard Director/Instructor
Meet your skateboard director/instructor, Ronnie Gordon. Ronnie has worked at skateboard camps for 20 plus years. He got his start in the spring of 1995, teaching skateboard lessons at a local skate shop in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. From 1991-1994 he attended Woodward Pennsylvania Skateboard Camp. When he aged out in 1994, he decided to get a job at Woodward Pa in the summer of 1995. One thing is clear Ronnie has a lot of experience through the duration of his career. Some of the other places he has worked are Visalia Skate Camp in California, Eisenburg, in Plano Texas, and The Skateboard Academy of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Mr. Gordon also competed in amateur and professional contests and was very successful in his skating career.

He was also published in Thrasher Magazine, Transworld Magazine, and other skateboard publications.

Your child will not only learn skateboarding techniques they will also learn teamwork and the importance of working together.

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