World Bboy Battle (WBB) founder Frankie “Sirswift” Hernandez was 13 years old when he turned to Breakdancing to escape crime, violence, drugs and gangs in Washington Heights. Today, Breakdancing continues to help our poverty-stricken youth escape.
Thanks to the resiliency of the Bboy, Breaking is now a sport. In 2024, millions will watch the amazing skills of the Bboy at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, despite global recognition as highly skilled athletes, Bboys continue to be exploited by organizers who profit from their talent.
Having fallen victim to Bboy exploitation as a pro Bboy, Frankie knows the pain all too well. His love and passion for Breaking compelled him to find a solution that would end the abuse.
In 2014, he created a Bboy sport format, judging and scoring system, and compensates all competitors for their performances. In 2015, he organized the first Bboy sports event called World Bboy Battle #1. Since then, WBB has produced Bboy sports events at venues in New York City such as the Queens Theatre and Tribeca PAC. To date, WBB events have paid Bboys over $25,000.