Local BMX Star returns to The Kitchen

A South Bend BMX Star is making his return this weekend after an accident last August.

It's all taking place in The Kitchen Skatepark here in South Bend. Saturday professional and amateur riders were able to register and practice for the contest.

Riders came from all around the world to compete, but more importantly show their support for Brett Bansiewicz and his recovery after the star suffered from a brain injury while riding.

Because of his injury, several major competitions, including the Dew Tour and the X Games, now require athletes to wear certified helmets.

Saturday’s competition was certainly heating up with BMX madness, but even with the huge crowd one thing stood out.

“Stay strong shirt and the money raised for these shirts go to paying for Brett and his medical bills,” says Brett’s Cousin Randy Kulesia.

“It is so amazing how many people have bought this shirt. The community is behind him 100 percent,” says Brett’s girlfriend Alyssa Daly

Sitting on the sideline watching something you love has to be the hardest thing, but for Brett…

“He came here about one o’clock and he has not stopped smiling, this is his life,” says Brett’s mom, Lisa Banasiewicz

But for Lisa, he is her life.

“Every day that he is home and every day that we are together, we just feel like this is a gift from GOD…it’s electric out there, everyone is so happy, it’s really cool it’s like believing in Santa Clause,” she continues.

Brett's Second Annual Professional and Amateur Contest will slowly come to a close Sunday, but the love and support from a skatepark filled with friends and family as he continues to push through recovery will "Stay Strong".

“I would just say keep on trying because you are going to get there,” says Daly.

“You look great buddy and I love you and you are going to be back on your bike before you know it,” says Kulesia.

Love is certainly cooking in The Kitchen.

The event is open to the public, one-day passes are $3 and two-day passes are $5.

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