Terry Kennedy Inspires Teens

Pro Skateboarder and Entrepreneur, Terry Kennedy, Inspires Teens on the Drug Awareness Website, NATURALHIGH.TV

Terry Kennedy is the newest celebrity whose drug awareness PSA is being featured on NATURALHIGH.TV, an online film series that uses celebrities, bands, and professional athletes as messengers to inspire youth to choose a Natural High and reject drugs. Kennedy defines his personal story through the backbone of his family and constant engagement with his youth audience. His entrepreneur side shines through with his clothing line and rap group both named “Fly Society”, sneaker line “Supra Footwear”, and own reality series on BET, “Being Terry Kennedy.” NATURALHIGH.TV focuses on the heart of Terry’s stardom, his Natural High of skateboarding.

Amidst his well known brand identity, he has a real life testimonial that demands respect. Terry lost his very own mother to drug abuse just after he discovered his natural high of skateboarding. “A lot of me wanted to cry but I remember not shedding a tear, I knew it was coming,” he reveals. Despite his mom’s embarrassing hardcore drug abuse, his dad’s absence, and even the stereotyping he tolerated from family and friends, he stayed committed to skateboarding.

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Kennedy grew up in Long Beach, CA, humbled by the commotion of street life; he knew at a very early age that his neighborhood was not going to hand him success. “The opportunities my block would’ve handed me were either dead, in jail, or on drugs the rest of my life.” Kennedy started skateboarding at Long Beach’s Cherry Park at age 15 as an alternative to drug addiction and gangs. “Skateboarding touched me; it was a peace of mind. It brought me to a new world, it kept me away from my neighborhood,” said Kennedy. Sadly, he watched fellow skaters and close friends give up on their dreams because of the pressures of gang violence and drug use that some neighborhoods in Long Beach, Compton, and Inglewood have to offer.

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