WAY TO GO, JOE!!
By jsolof on Sep 10, 2004
From the Joseph N. Hermann Youth Center Newsletter, September 2004:
In this edition of "Member Spotlight," the featured member is most likely to be found outside in the skate area. He is an extremely original high school student about to enter his junior year at North Andover. This Spotlight recipient is quite modest, and probably doesn't realize what he did in order to receive the honor of being recognized. The humble member that you are about to meet is Joe Solof, the man, the myth, the legend.
Joe has been a member of the Youth Center since the sixth grade; now five years later he still has a strong presence here. Initially, his involvement was through our Joseph Walsh Summer League, but now he is a skate area devotee. On any given day he can be found tearing it up on his skateboard, and when he is tired from all the strenuous activity skateboarding demands, he is playing 45's [note from the proud papa: I have no idea what this means!] in the shade. Joe has been a pioneer in 45's mania outside in the skate area, and his knowledge, as well as a few other skaters', has incited an entire craze of intense card playing of the local Merrimack Valley tradition.
Aside from cards and skating, Joe still plays basketball, taking breaks from landing tricks in the park; he uses the outside court quite frequently, to either shoot around or play a friendly game. Joe is an all-around good guy with an eclectic taste in everything from sports to clothes; Joe is well-noted for his keen fashion sense, particularly his briefcase that is home to his infamous Pittsburgh Playing Cards for 45's.
Joe Solof is a man with a plan. He is committed to the idea of becoming a high school History teacher, a profession that he will strive tremendously in pursuing. Suiting to his plan in becoming a teacher of history, his favorite subject in school is history. It is obvious in speaking with Joe that he is an extremely intelligent person, and his potential is boundless. In the past few years, more frequently in the last few months since his best friend Kevin has worked here, Joe has been an enormous help to the staff, especially in assistance with the skate area. Joe is one of the older members out at the skate area, and he is highly respected and looked up to. He is the type of person that leads by example, and he is an excellent role model. Joe is always assisting Kevin and other staff with the daily requirements of the skate area, and never once does he ask for recognition or even a thank you. Joe is the type of person that acts out of generosity not compensation.
If Joe could ask for anything to be added to at the Youth Center it would be a barn to put over the skate area, so that skating could continue all winter long. Joe says that he likes the Youth Center because, "It's a nice place to kick back and relax at." The staff at Youth Services believes that it is kids like Joe that help to make the Youth Center "a nice place."
Thank you Joe for all that you do; you are truly a remarkable person and deserving of our "Member Spotlight."