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Tony Hawk To Perform At Carnegie, PA Skatepark

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Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse Skateboards team will visit Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark in Carnegie, PA (2009 THF Grant Recipient) for a pre-opening celebration demo on Monday, August 25, 2014. Photo by Sharon D. Lutz

Vista, CA (August 14, 2014) – The greater Pittsburgh area will soon have a world-class skateboard park, and one of the project’s benefactors also happens to be one of the world’s greatest skaters. Tony Hawk and his Birdhouse Skateboards team will visit the newly constructed Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark on August 25, 2014 for a pre-opening performance, at the conclusion of their Midwest Birdhouse On The Road Tour. The park is expected to open to the public this Fall.

The celebration event will showcase the meticulously sculpted features of the 17,000-square-foot concrete skatepark. Built by Grindline Skateparks of Seattle, Washington, it includes a street course, bowls, and its signature 20-foot-diameter fullpipe. Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark is the first of its kind in the Pittsburgh area, and resulted from the efforts of one mom and an army of supporters, who worked tirelessly to create a safe, sanctioned place for kids to skate.

With guidance and funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation, lead skatepark advocate Mary Pitcher launched the effort in 2008 to create a facility for local youth that would also serve as a loving memorial to her sons, Vincent and Stephen—both avid skateboarders and BMXers who drowned earlier that year.

Fans packed in to the edge of the bowl during a Tony Hawk appearance at the Ann Arbor, Michigan public skatepark in June. Photo by Joe Gall

Fans packed in to the edge of the bowl during a Tony Hawk appearance at the Ann Arbor, Michigan public skatepark in June. Photo by Joe Gall

“What began as an idea, stemming from a terrible tragedy, Pitcher Park has turned into one of the most positive and rewarding experiences of my life,” said Mary Pitcher. “People who knew my sons and complete strangers came together and worked hard toward a common goal for the children.”

Pitcher and her crew’s efforts were noticed by nearby Bridgeville native Ken Schultz, who dedicated time and more than $500,000 from the Ken & Carol Schultz Foundation to see the project through to completion.

“Carol and I have supported Tony Hawk Foundation’s efforts to build safe spaces for kids to exercise and be creative for many years,” said Ken Schultz. “So we knew the impact that a world-class skatepark could have in the Pittsburgh area. After meeting Mary and seeing how the kids and the community of Carnegie completely embraced the idea, we funded this project so it could become a reality more quickly for everyone involved, and the results have been nothing short of amazing.”

The Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark pre-opening event will feature Birdhouse team members Tony Hawk, Clint Walker, David Loy, Kevin Staab, Clive Dixon, Shawn Hale, and Shaun Gregoire. Despite concluding their grueling Midwest tour just the day before, the team is excited to visit the new park and be among the first to test its features.

“This park represents everything we at the Tony Hawk Foundation hope to see in a community skatepark,” said Tony Hawk. “Local youth involved in planning it, strong community support, and a great design that includes something for everyone. We can’t wait to skate it!”

“I am honored to have worked with the Ken & Carol Schultz Foundation, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the Borough Of Carnegie, and the many companies and people that stepped up to make this dream a reality to honor my sons,” said Pitcher. “Seeing this park come alive and anticipating the appearance by Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse team just proves that anything is possible if you don’t give up.”

While the skatepark structure is completed, surrounding landscaping and lighting to allow safe skating at night are yet to be installed. The skatepark will remain closed to the public until these tasks can be completed.

The Birdhouse Skateboards Team exhibition at Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark is a free, public event with festival activities throughout the day. The Birdhouse Team exhibition will start at 5 PM. For more information, visit the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark Web site at www.pitcherpark.com.

TONY HAWK MEDIA CONTACT: LisaMarie@shpny.com; (212) 529-1598

Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark Celebration With Tony Hawk And The Birdhouse Team
Monday, 25 August, 2014 (5 PM)
Carnegie Park
Forsythe RD and Cook LN
Carnegie, PA 15106

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Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the Foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.2-million to 556 communities in all 50 states. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Foundation’s International Program has provided technical support and awarded $100,000 to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on Facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark
“Pitcher Park” is the “brain child” of Mary Shea Pitcher, and stands as a Memorial to her sons, Stephen and Vincent, who were avid skateboarders and BMXers, and drowned in the summer of 2008. For six years, Mary and the Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark organization held fundraisers and received donations to build a skatepark that would give skateboarders and BMX riders a safe place to hone their skills. A major donation from the Ken & Carol Schultz Foundation, along with a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, made this dream a reality.

The Park was designed and built by Grindline Skateparks of Seattle, Washington. Grindline is a professional Skatepark Contractor owned and operated entirely by skateboarders who build world-class skateparks, nationally and internationally. This skatepark is approximately 17,000 square feet and has a fullpipe that’s 20 feet in diameter and 24 feet long, with a 6-foot-deep bowl at one end, and a large 11-foot-deep bowl at the other. The street portion has brick stamping, “Hubba” ledges, and grind rails. The park will open Fall 2014, be open to both skaters and BMX riders, and will be gifted to the Borough Of Carnegie when completed. For more information, visit www.pitcherpark.com.

Birdhouse Skateboards
Birdhouse Skateboards was founded in 1992. Tony Hawk became sole owner of the company in 2009 and refocused Birdhouse’s image and branding to reflect its incredible team of riders. Birdhouse has been prominently featured in the Tony Hawk vide- game franchise since 1999 and has become an international iconic brand. The company distributes and licenses skateboards and skateboard accessories worldwide, with products designed to cover all ability levels. For more about Birdhouse Skateboards, visit www.birdhouseskateboards.com.

Tony Hawk Foundation Rewards Community Efforts To Create Free Skateparks

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Grassroots citizen groups receive cash and congratulations from champion skater’s nonprofit.

Vista, CA (August 4, 2014) – Skaters, parents, and other supporters working to build free, public skateparks across the U.S. were recognized for their efforts by skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and his nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation. The twelve-year-old organization assists grassroots citizen groups with critical technical assistance and guidance throughout the skatepark-development process, and also awards grants to help pay for construction.

The latest communities to receive THF Skatepark Grants include twelve projects in nine states, from California to Maine. The foundation’s top award went to Nyack, New York, a small upstate community that exemplifies the collaborative grassroots spirit that THF promotes. Local youth are active, integral members of the Nyack Needs A Skatepark organization, having collected over 1,000 signatures of support in a village of less than 7,000 residents. And support for the project pervades the community, local businesses, and continues all the way through City Hall.

“It is an absolute honor to receive this award from an organization that is admired and venerated throughout the country, and indeed the world,” said Sarah Anderson of Nyack Needs A Skatepark. “Formal recognition by the Tony Hawk Foundation gives true legs to our project, and we now run with determination to the finish line.”

All of the Summer 2014 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant recipients are striving to create quality, concrete skateparks, designed and built by experienced skatepark specialists to provide their youth with decades of active healthy fun:

Nyack, New York ($25,000)
San Francisco, California ($15,000)
Amherst, New York ($7,500)
Bar Harbor, Maine ($7,500)
Breckenridge, Minnesota ($7,500)
Falmouth, Massachusetts ($7,500)
Middleton, Idaho ($7,500)
North Shore, California ($7,500)
Othello, Washington ($7,500)
Union Gap, Washington ($7,500)
Winamac, Indiana ($7,500)
Zephyrhills, Florida ($7,500)

“Skateboarders, long relegated to finding recreational outlets in alleys and parking garages, find their collective voice when it comes to skatepark advocacy,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “The results are transformative, not just for the skateboarders but often for the community.”

The next opportunity to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants will be in January 2015. For more information, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Individuals and community groups who would like to pursue a free, public skatepark should begin by reading the Public Skatepark Development Guide, which is now online at www.publicskateparkguide.org. Since it was first published as a book in 2007, this collaboration between the Tony Hawk Foundation, the International Association Of Skateboard Companies, and Skaters For Public Skateparks has become an indispensable resource for skatepark advocates.

This Fall, the Tony Hawk Foundation’s annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit returns to Beverly Hills, California. The family-friendly action-sports carnival will feature games, giveaways, food, a special musical performance by DJ Z-Trip and Special Guests, and a Vert Demo with Tony and an all-star cast of skate and BMX pros. For more information about this exclusive event, visit www.standupforskateparks.org.

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Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the Foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.2-million to 556 communities in all 50 states. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Foundation’s International Program has provided technical support and awarded $100,000 to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on Facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

Summer 2014 Newsletter

 

Skatepark Insider

Summer 2014

From The Founder

Tony Hawk

It’s going to be a busy summer for skatepark advocates, and I’m excited to be on the road for much of it, beginning with the Grand Opening of the massive 30,000-square-foot Ann Arbor Skatepark on June 21—International Go Skateboarding Day. After that, the Birdhouse team will be on tour through the Midwest in August, and a few of those dates will feature stops at skateparks THF has helped fund.

Whatever your Summer plans are, I hope they include lots of skating, and that you have a free, public skatepark in your area. If you don’t, there’s no better time to get a skatepark project started.

If you need some help getting it going, you know who to call. And be sure to check out the new www.publicskateparkguide.org Web site. Just about everything you need to know about skatepark advocacy is right there. And anything that isn’t there is probably over at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org (through which you can contact THF staff).

If you’ll be in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 21, or at one of my tour stops this Summer, I’ll see you on the road. If instead you find yourself sitting through city-council meetings to promote a local skatepark—thank you, and maybe we’ll see you at some future date at your local skatepark!

Tony Hawk

Latest News

Stand Up For Skateparks
Save The Date

Donate

THF’s annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit returns to Beverly Hills on Sunday, September 21 with its unique family-friendly action-sports carnival. Come see Tony and a who’s-who of the skateboarding and BMX worlds perform on his personal ramp, and enjoy games, activities, live and silent auctions, and an exclusive performance by the Godfather of mash ups, DJ Z-Trip, and a special guest. Tickets will go on sale in July, but for more information head over to standupforskateparks.org.

Can’t make it to Stand Up For Skateparks? Then support THF by making a donation instead! It’s quick and easy, and any amount helps bring the benefits of free, public skateparks to youth who need them most.

Skatepark Grants Available

Grants

THF is currently accepting applications from communities seeking to build free, public skateparks. Projects must include local skaters in all phases of development—including the design phase, led by a professional skatepark designer—and result in a permanent concrete skatepark.

The deadline to submit an application is Wednesday, June 18. For more information, visit the foundation’s Web site at tonyhawkfoundation.org. THF Skatepark Grants are offered twice annually. If you miss the June deadline, the Winter 2015 grant applications will be due January 15, 2015.

Coming Soon!

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Come see Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, and other pros help celebrate the Grand Opening of the new THF-supported public skatepark in Ann Arbor, Michigan on International Go Skateboarding Day—Saturday, June 21. The massive 30,000-square-foot Ann Arbor Skatepark is the Herculean achievement of the Friends Of Ann Arbor Skatepark and a 2011 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Recipient. It features a street plaza and five bowls—including a snake run, clover bowl, kids pool, flow bowl, and kidney/combi pool. For more information on the skatepark and Grand Opening celebration, visit the Ann Arbor Skatepark on Facebook.

Public Skatepark Development Guide Now Online

The go-to manual for public skatepark development is now available online. The Public Skatepark Development Guide, a collaborative book first published by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the International Association Of Skateboard Companies in 2007, has been completely re-created by its author, THF Programs Director Peter Whitley, as a Web-based resource. The online version features three times more content, as well as links to related material and interactive features.

Check out the new Public Skatepark Development Guide online and get your own skatepark project started

Skateistan

Skateistan

This Spring the Tony Hawk Foundation officially launched its International Program with a $100,000 grant to Skateistan, the education and skateboarding organization that serves at-risk youth in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. In Fall 2013, Tony Hawk had the opportunity to visit the Skateistan school and skatepark in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and just last month THF Board Member Jamie Thomas dropped in on Skateistan in Kabul, Afghanistan. Both experienced the program first-hand, and were inspired by the youth and staff they met.

Skateboarding is an incredibly motivating factor for youth around the world, and Skateistan’s programs are proof that it can be an incredible tool to change the lives of youth everywhere. Learn more about THF’s work with Skateistan.

Bowls 4 Bowls At Chipotle

Chipotle

Also on International Go Skateboarding Day—Saturday, June 21—be sure to hit up your local Chipotle restaurant between 4 and 8 PM and eat bowls to build bowls! Mention “Tony Hawk Foundation” and proceeds from your order will be donated to THF!

6/21/14—Go to a Chipotle restaurant between 4-8 PM, order up, mention “Tony Hawk Foundation,” and help THF build skateparks! Click the logo to find a Chipotle Mexican Grill near you.

When In Vegas

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THF’s 2013 Stand Up For Skateparks hotel partner, sbe, will open its latest property, the lavish SLS Las Vegas, on Labor Day weekend. For your next visit to Vegas, be sure to book a stay at the city’s newest gem: slslasvegas.com.

San Diego Tony Hawk Day

Mayor Kevin Faulconer declared May 29, 2014 Tony Hawk Day in San Diego, California at a ceremony at the city’s first public skatepark. Praised for his philanthropic work to bring the benefits of public skateparks to youth around the world, Tony was surprised and humbled by the decree, and considers it a great honor to be recognized by his hometown. THF helped fund the Washington Street Skatepark in San Diego, and is currently assisting two additional projects in the City Heights and Linda Vista communities. More Information.

THF At A Glance

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THF Programs Director Peter Whitley conducted a Skatepark Summit with Los Angeles-area skatepark advocates in Compton, California on May 7, 2014. The training and networking event was co-hosted by the Southern California Municipal Athletic Federation.


Parks Just Opened
(THF Grant Recipients)

Jerome, ID

Currently open

(Grand Opening-6/28/14)

9,000 sq. ft.

Ava, MO

May 20, 2014

10,000 sq. ft.

Bingen, WA

May 6, 2014

7,350 sq. ft.

New Orleans, LA

March 2014

14,000 sq. ft.

Monte Rio, CA

May 23, 2014

10,000 sq. ft.

Bellingham, WA

May 7, 2014

7,300 sf

Lakeside, CA

April 25, 2014

12,000 sq. ft.


THANK YOU

MINIusa
Starkey
Kohls
yucaipa

A special Thank You to MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Kohl’s, the Yucaipa Companies, and our many Supporters And Partners who make our work possible.

Tony Hawk Foundation

A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the Foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.1-million to 544 communities in all 50 states. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Foundation’s International Program has provided technical support and awarded $100,000 to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on Facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.

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Tickets On Sale for the 11th-Annual Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit in Beverly Hills

13_10_05_SUFS_ 2098DJ Z-Trip Joins Tony Hawk for the Action Sports Festival Benefiting the Tony Hawk Foundation

July 28, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) – The Tony Hawk Foundation announced it is returning to Beverly Hills for its 11th-Annual Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Green Acres Estate. Tickets for this one-of-a-kind action-sports exhibition are on sale now. The event will be headlined by DJ Z-Trip with Special Guests.

Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks benefit is a family-friendly action-sports carnival that includes games, food, and live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind items and experiences. In addition to a special live performance by DJ Z-Trip and Special Guests, the event will also feature a Vert Demo with Tony and other skateboarding and BMX icons riding Hawk’s personal ramp. Proceeds support the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to empower youth through the creation of free, quality, public skateparks in low-income communities throughout the U.S., and Internationally with programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

This year’s event will be Co-Chaired by Tony Hawk and DJ Z-Trip. Benefit Committee members include Ron Burkle, Eve and Maximillion Cooper, Fred Durst, Etty and Perry Farrell, Jon Favreau, Brian Austin Green, Mat Hoffman, Bobby Kotick, Jason Lee, Tommy Lee, Chuck Liddell, Howie Mandel, Rodney Mullen, Lyn-Z and Travis Pastrana, Chris Sacca, Sultan AlSaud, Christian Slater, Henry Stupp, Robert Trujillo, Steve Van Doren, Mark Wahlberg, Lori and Bill Walton, and Shaun White.

“This year’s Stand Up For Skateparks is going to be spectacular,” said Tony Hawk. “The line-up for the Vert Demo is unbelievable, and the music by DJ Z-Trip (and friends) is going to be all-time.”

Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks is made possible through the generosity and support of Clif Kid, HEXBUG, Kohl’s, MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Nixon, Sony Action Cam, Sweetwater, Gumball 3000 Foundation and The Yucaipa Companies.

Individual tickets and ticket packages are available for the 11th-Annual Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks. To purchase tickets, please contact Lily Schwimmer at (760) 477-2479, or to purchase online visit: www.standupforskateparks.org. There you can also view some one-of-a-kind auction items, including signed memorabilia, unique experiences, and much more!

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Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, the Foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $5.2-million to 556 communities in all 50 states. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Foundation’s International Program has provided technical support and awarded $100,000 to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.