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Rural And Urban Skatepark Projects Funded By Tony Hawk Foundation

Youth leadership drives efforts to create safe skateparks in communities across America.

11 August 2016 (Vista, CA) — What do a nondescript street corner in downtown Providence, Rhode Island and the rural community of Livingston, Montana have in common? Both have been identified by local skateboarders as ideal sites for new skateparks, and both projects have received support from the Tony Hawk Foundation.

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Skaters have been patching and upgrading this plaza in downtown Providence, RI for years. Now it’ll be thoroughly renovated to meet their needs.

Skateparks are a phenomenon that has swept through communities across the country, regardless of their geographic or socio-economic status. As traditional ball sports have experienced downward trends in participation over the past decade, skateboarding has grown to more than 5.6-million participants. Yet, for most neighborhoods, a safe, sanctioned place for their youth to skate remains an unrealized dream.

Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has been working with communities around the world to promote the creation of free, quality, public skateparks. For low-income areas in the U.S., the foundation also offers grants for the construction of these much-needed facilities. The skatepark projects underway in Providence and Livingston are just two of the latest to receive financial assistance from the foundation, and both embody the greatest promise for offering local youth an active alternative to traditional sports.

Having helped open more than 500 skateparks across the country, the Tony Hawk Foundation is the leading advocacy organization supporting local grassroots efforts, and has provided guidance and training to skatepark groups for more than fifteen years. “Every skatepark is a testimonial to the community’s tenacity and commitment,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “These are facilities that will bring people together for years to come.”

Young skaters in Livingston, MT will have much more to celebrate once they complete their new skatepark.

Young skaters in Livingston, MT will have much more to celebrate once they complete their new skatepark.

In Livingston, the Tony Hawk Foundation grant will help bring a dynamic new recreational option to one of Montana’s poorest populations. “The significance of this grant will be instilled into our recreational cultural identity for many lifetimes to come,” said skatepark advocate Derek Smith. “The vast majority of recreation in America today involves athletic games that come to an end. Fortunately, THF is creating a perpetual source of positive and life-long recreational effects upon our athletic culture, our society, and most importantly, our skaters.”

Across the country in Providence, a downtown plaza that’s popular with skaters will get a facelift and be officially designated as a skatepark. “When we saw skateboarders using a public space that hadn’t been built for them, we didn’t look at them as a problem, but as a solution,” said Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation. “And now we have a great group of people who are committed to being stewards of the park. We have a strong skateboarding community who are going to make sure our new park will be the best for skateboarders that it can be, and we also have local arts and business organizations who have embraced this project as a win for the entire neighborhood.”

Skateparks change lives, and involving youth in the process of planning, fundraising, and designing the skateparks they will one day enjoy offers even greater rewards. To receive assistance with your local project, or to learn more about the Tony Hawk Foundation and its Skatepark Grant program, visit tonyhawkfoundation.org. The next opportunity to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant will be December 2016.

Summer 2016 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants
Livingston, Montana ($25,000)
Providence, Rhode Island ($25,000)
Houghton, Michigan ($10,000)
Gallup, New Mexico ($10,000)
Grinnell, Iowa ($5,000)
Belgrade, Montana ($5,000)

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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 $5.6-million to 574 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 financial and technical support 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.

Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), Gumball 3000 Foundation (www.gumball3000.com), HEXBUG (www.hexbug.com), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), Vivint Solar (www.VivintSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.nepinc.com/welcome/sweetwater), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Legends Of Skateboarding Honor Friend At Get Rad For Ray

Tony Hawk and friends put on thrilling performance to benefit Ray Underhill Foundation.

Tony Hawk stalls an invert over the bowl at Kennesaw Skatepark in Georgia, honoring his friend with a first-place finish in the Get Rad For Ray Invitational competition. Photo: Brian Twitty/@shootbt

Tony Hawk stalls an invert over the bowl at Kennesaw Skatepark in Georgia, honoring his friend with a first-place finish in the Get Rad For Ray Invitational competition. Photo: Brian Twitty/@shootbt

27 June 2016 (Kennesaw, GA) – The spirit of Ray Underhill was everpresent at Kennesaw Skatepark on Sunday, June 19. Even before Tony Hawk and an all-star roster of pro skaters took to the bowl in the afternoon, the inclusive event that saw new skaters get instruction and local novices showing their best in the amateur competition gave everyone the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of skateboarding. And for those who didn’t get a chance to ride earlier in the day, the pros put on a show in the bowl that afternoon, demonstrating the skill and joy that characterized their friend.

Hawk and friends organized NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop to celebrate the life and legacy of Ray Underhill, a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, and a teammate of Hawk’s. After a long battle with Chordoma, a rare but relentless spinal cancer, Underhill passed in 2008. Proceeds from the event benefited the Ray Underhill Foundation, which assists families affected by Chordoma.

“Ray was a great friend, and this is our best way to honor him,” said Hawk. “All the skaters who came out to participate made it truly unique and a blast for spectators.”

The crowd's enthusiasm energized the session. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

The crowd’s enthusiasm energized the session. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

The 80s-themed Legends skate jam included Hawk, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Kevin Staab, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zeuner, Lester Kasai, Mike Rogers, Brad McClain, Donny Griffin, and Lizzie Armanto, who were joined by the winners of the earlier amateur events: Pete Kelly, Jay Wooten, and Ronan Livingston.

In addition to the skate clinic and competitions, NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop featured a festival village with food and activities, where guests could also visit the Ray Underhill Foundation booth and participate in the raffle, the grand prize of which was Hawk’s personal skateboard that he rode that day.

“It was such an amazing day in memory of Ray!” said Kerry Overman, Underhill’s widow and President of the Ray Underhill Foundation. “We were overwhelmed by the love and support of all the people in Kennesaw, and so thankful to Tony, the Tony Hawk Foundation, the amazing skaters, old and new friends, and all of the sponsors! Thank you so much for keeping Ray’s memory alive! We are truly so blessed and we know Ray was shining down on that beautiful day!”

While the event was more about skating together, the competition format brought the best out of each participant, with Hawk taking top honors in the Invitational Bowl Jam. A series of Special Awards were also presented to those who performed the best maneuvers that Underhill was known for, as well as the Spirit Of Ray award, which the Underhill family presented to two-time cancer survivor Mike Rogers for best exemplifying the positive spirit that Ray was known for.

“I hope that Get Rad For Ray will become a regular East Coast bowl event for top pros,” said Hawk. “Next year we plan to bring it to Ray’s hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina, where it can continue to grow.”

NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skateshop was made possible by the City Of Kennesaw, Georgia, MINI Of Kennesaw, SkyZone, and TheBoardr.com. For more information about the Ray Underhill Foundation, visit http://bit.ly/291Umr9.

NIXON Get Rad For Ray Presented By Kennesaw Skate Shop Results

Invitational

  1. Tony Hawk
  2. Jake Wooten
  3. Ben Raybourn
  4. Aaron “Jaws” Homoki
  5. Brad McClain
  6. Kevin Staab
  7. Lester Kasai
  8. Mike McGill
  9. Donny Griffin
  10. Mike Rogers
  11. Lizzie Armanto
  12. Brighton Zeuner
  13. Ronan Livingston
  14. Pete Kelly

Longest Lip Trick – Brad McClain
Best Invert – Lizzie Armanto
Best Stalefish – Aaron “Jaws” Homoki
Spirit Of Ray – Mike Rogers
Flow Bowl Jam, 36 And Up

  1. Pete Kelly
  2. David Malachi
  3. Jeremiah Johnson
  4. Will Boatwright
  5. Josh Silpe

Flow Bowl Jam, 15–35

  1. Jay Wooten
  2. Josh Viles
  3. Eli Reams
  4. Kollin Schanley
  5. Carlos Lara
  6. Jordan Richardson
  7. Drew Silpe
  8. Brady Moreland
  9. Corey Chestnut
  10. Billy Christian

Flow Bowl Jam, 14 And Under

  1. Ronan Livingston
  2. Alex Loftus
  3. Landon Brown
  4. Tyler Loftus
  5. Ghelbi Bastin
  6. Fenn Farnum
  7. Ben Lewis
  8. Slade Hall
  9. Acen Hadjinitchev
  10. Hank Johnson
  11. Kai Connary
  12. Jay Rochester

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Ray Underhill Foundation

The Ray Underhill Foundation raises money to help families that are affected by Chordoma and other cancers, to help them cover expenses that are not paid for by health insurance or government funding. The organization was established in memory of Ray Underhill, a father, husband, friend, and professional skateboarder who passed away in 2008 after a long battle with Chordoma: http://bit.ly/291Umr9

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. For more information, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Nixon
Founded in 1998 in Encinitas, California, Nixon is the premium watch and accessories brand for the youth lifestyle market. Focused on making the little stuff better, Nixon began with a small line of team-designed, custom-built watches sold exclusively in specialty boardsport and fashion retailers. Currently distributed in over 90 countries, Nixon’s product range has grown to include select softgoods, leather goods, custom audio products and more. For more information, please visit Nixon.com.

Kennesaw Skate Shop
Located across the street from the skatepark, Kennesaw Skate Shop serves skaters of all types and abilities. A wide selection of top brands includes everything for street or vert skating, longboarding, and definitely whatever you need for a visit to Kennesaw Skatepark. Visit Kennesaw Skate Shop at 3115 Old 41 Hwy NW · (404) 323-3666, or online at KennesawSkateShop.com.

Kennesaw Skatepark
Kennesaw Skatepark consists of an all-concrete Street League Skateboarding (SLS) Foundation Certified Skate Plaza, as well as a backyard bowl and competition flow course. At 40,000 square feet, the free-to-skate, public facility is one of the largest in the southeast and draws skaters from across the region. The park was designed by SLS founder Rob Dyrdek and SITE Design Group, and built by California Skateparks. Kennesaw Skatepark opened in November 2013 and is located inside Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw, Georgia. The park is open daily from 7 am to 10 pm. For more information, visit skatekennesaw.com.

The Boardr
The Boardr is a group of friends specializing in what they have loved since first sight—Skateboarding. They create and run fun, authentic events, both large and small. Some of the events go down in their TF, but the majority are around Florida, the US, and abroad. The Boardr staff are good at the boring stuff, too, which isn’t boring to them: Project management, marketing and branding, custom software apps, management and representation, and more. The Boardr is committed to pushing skateboarding on all levels. For more information, visit TheBoardr.com.

Ben Raybourn and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki kicked up the fun with a spontaneous doubles routine. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Ben Raybourn and Aaron “Jaws” Homoki kicked up the fun with a spontaneous doubles routine. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Tony Hawk Helps Celebrate His Foundation’s 500th Skatepark

Skateboard star makes surprise appearance at Burlington, Vermont skatepark ceremony.

15 June 2016 (Burlington, VT) — Locals attending the naming ceremony for Burlington, Vermont’s Andy “A-Dog” Williams Skatepark were surprised to see a familiar face in the lineup around the 21,000-square-foot park’s bowl, as Tony Hawk made an unannounced appearance at the June 4 event and helped inaugurate the newly named park by demonstrating its true potential.

Tony Hawk spins a 540 at the A-Dog Skatepark in Burlington, VT. Photo: Jody Morris

Tony Hawk spins a 540 at the A-Dog Skatepark in Burlington, VT. Photo: Jody Morris

Hawk arrived with fellow Birdhouse Skateboards pros Shawn Hale and Clint Walker, and South African phenom Thalente Biyela, who blended in with the park’s regulars and enjoyed the downtown-waterfront scenery, as well as the skatepark’s many unique features. With a flowing streetscape surrounding an amorphous flow bowl that descends to a 10-foot depth at one end, A-Dog Skatepark has become one of the Northeast’s premier skate destinations.

Check out the RIDE Channel video featuring highlights from Tony Hawk’s surprise visit to the A-Dog Skatepark in Burlington, Vermont: http://youtu.be/ARqylddqwiw

Also see photos from the event on THF’s facebook page: http://bit.ly/1UGhZam

The park is the result of more than ten years of persistent grassroots advocacy. Spearheaded by Brendan Foster and Trina Zine of Burlington’s Maven Skate Shop, the strong community support for the project helped it qualify for funding from the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2010. “We applied for a $10,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation, which was a catalyst in helping our project succeed,” said Foster. “First, it showed Burlington we had real money to bring to the table and were seriously dedicated to making this project happen. Second, we had Tony Hawk’s endorsement, a stamp of approval from the most recognized skateboarder in the world! The Tony Hawk grant shifted the project into a higher gear and we immediately gained momentum. It was a long process, but the THF grant was our first major breakthrough.”

The Andy "A-Dog" Skatepark stands on the shores of Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington, VT. Photo: Jody Morris

The Andy “A-Dog” Skatepark stands on the shores of Lake Champlain in downtown Burlington, VT. Photo: Jody Morris

A newly elected mayor and city council also took up the cause, and together the locals and their leadership chose a central location along the redeveloped Lake Champlain waterfront, and brought in top designers and builders from Grindline and Artisan Skateparks to develop the landmark facility.

Andy “A-Dog” Williams was a local skater, DJ, and artist who helped create the city’s previous temporary skatepark, and was integral to the effort to build the permanent park. When he passed from Leukemia in 2013, his friends resolved to dedicate the skatepark to him. Little did they know that the completion of A-Dog’s park also set a milestone for the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“It was an honor to be in Burlington for the A-Dog Skatepark naming ceremony and to skate with the locals,” said Tony Hawk. “We’re proud to have been involved with this project—it’s a great park that resulted from a strong grassroots effort from local advocates and a true commitment from the city. It also represents the 500th park to open with assistance from THF. Here’s to the next 500!”

Shawn Hale also performed for the locals, hitting the quarterpipe with this nosegrind. Photo: Jody Morris

Shawn Hale also performed for the locals, hitting the quarterpipe with this nosegrind. Photo: Jody Morris

Tony Hawk thanks Burlington for building such a great skatepark. Photo: Jody Morris

Tony Hawk thanks Burlington for building such a great skatepark. Photo: Jody Morris

“Having Tony Hawk and the members of Birdhouse crew at our grand opening was amazing, and I know Andy would have been blown away,” said Foster. “To see our childhood hero, a member of the Bones Brigade, at our skatepark in Vermont, was beyond words. It puts our skatepark, and the skate scene in New England, on the map. We’re now a skate destination, and our hope is for skateboarders from all over the country—maybe even the world—to come check out our dream come true.”

With International Go Skateboarding Day approaching on June 21, THF is celebrating the completion of its first 500 skateparks with a campaign to help create the next 500 parks.

Observe International Go Skateboarding Day by visiting your local skatepark, and by making a donation to the Tony Hawk Foundation to help THF create #500MoreSkateparks: http://bit.ly/1WZ52fj

Communities in the U.S. that are pursuing free, concrete skateparks are encouraged to learn more about the process at www.publicskateparkguide.org. To learn about THF skatepark grants, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.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 $5.5-million to 572 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.

Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA (www.miniusa.com), Starkey Hearing Foundation (www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org), Gumball 3000 Foundation (www.gumball3000.com), HEXBUG (www.hexbug.com), Hawk Clothing (www.kohls.com), GoSolar.com (www.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.sweetwater.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Tony Hawk Skates Surprise Demo In San Francisco

Supporters of his foundation receive a special thank you as new projects apply for funding.

Tony Hawk pops up to DJ Z-Trips table for a frontside pivot during a surprise session in San Francisco. Photo: Joe Brook

Tony Hawk pops up to DJ Z-Trip’s table for a frontside pivot during a surprise session in San Francisco. Photo: Joe Brook

11 May 2016 (San Francisco, CA)
— An impromptu session at San Francisco’s SOMA West Skate Plaza last month was broadcast live to over 2.5-million viewers as Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse Skateboards team rolled into the space and onto the screens of facebook Live viewers around the world. The plaza, a 2011 recipient of a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant, was full of Saturday-morning users when Tony and the crew showed up, and right behind them was a contingent of THF staff and foundation supporters. Tony arranged to spend the day with them as a thank you for supporting THF’s work, including its contributions to parks like SOMA West.

Video of the Tony Hawk facebook Live session at SOMA West Skate Plaza can be seen here: tinyurl.com/hubcn33

Later that day, Tony disclosed via social media that his personal ramp was going up a few blocks from SOMA West, and that he would be joined for a vert demo by an all-star crew, including Steve Caballero, Elliot Sloan, Kevin Staab, Amelia Brodka, Evan Doherty, Lincoln Ueda, and THF Programs Manager Alec Beck. Also on deck was DJ Z-Trip, who mashed up a soundtrack for the intense session.

“It was a blast skating with the locals at SOMA West, and to be able to show our gratitude to foundation supporters with a vert demo and dinner with our gracious hosts, Stephanie and Tyler Mitchell,” said Tony Hawk. “Amelia and the guys were ripping at the demo, and it was fun to see so many people show up right after I blasted the location on social media. I consider the day a huge success for our mission at THF.”

Fans cheer on Tony and the demo crew. Photo: Colin Vincent

Fans cheer on Tony and the demo crew. Photo: Colin Vincent

Check out the RIDE Channel video featuring highlights from Tony Hawk’s San Francisco vert demo: https://youtu.be/WlFkuKMGpCQ
Also see photos from the event on THF’s facebook page: tinyurl.com/jf8pqw6

Elliot Sloan soars over Steve Caballero during a doubles routine. Photo: Joe Brook

Elliot Sloan soars over Steve Caballero during a doubles routine. Photo: Joe Brook

Tony has been finding unique ways to thank THF donors since establishing the foundation in 2002, and their support has helped THF assist communities across the U.S. create free, quality public skateparks through critical technical assistance and funding.

THF has awarded more than $5.5-million in construction grants to 572 projects in all 50 States, and also supports international programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding in some of the most challenged places on Earth.

Communities in the U.S. that are pursuing free, concrete skateparks are encouraged to learn more about the process at www.publicskateparkguide.org, and to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation construction grants. The deadline to submit the online application is June 15, 2016. To learn more about THF grants or to access the application, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.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 $5.5-million to 572 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.

Tony Hawk and a fan shoot a selfie ramp-side. Photo: Colin Vincent

Tony Hawk and a fan shoot a selfie ramp-side. Photo: Tony Hawk and a fan shoot a selfie ramp-side. Photo: Colin Vincent

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.

Special thanks to following THF partners for their ongoing support: MINI USA, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Gumball 3000 Foundation, HEXBUG, Hawk Clothing, GoSolar.com, Nixon, Sweetwater, Dynacraft, and Zumiez.

Tony Hawk Foundation Rewards Youth Advocacy

Communities large and small continue to seek the benefits of public skateparks.

10 March 2016 (Vista, CA) — Youth across the U.S. continue to lead the charge for free, public skateparks in their communities. Skateboarding is now practiced by more than five-million Americans, though it has yet to receive the recognition or level of service afforded more traditional sports. And it’s the skaters themselves who are campaigning to put skateboarding on the recreational map, with most of the approximately 3,000 skateparks across the country resulting directly from local youth advocacy efforts.

The Ogden Skatepark project in Wilmington, North Carolina is the direct result of the advocacy of the town's youth.

The Ogden Skatepark project in Wilmington, North Carolina is the direct result of the advocacy of the town’s youth.

Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has been assisting communities in their pursuit of free, high-quality permanent skateparks for their youth. With its team of skatepark experts, the foundation provides critical technical support to advise local advocates, promoting best practices for creating a local skatepark campaign and working through the obstacles common to these important facilities. THF also provides grant funds to help build free public skateparks in low-income areas.

This week the foundation Board Of Directors announced the recipients of its latest skatepark-grant awards. These eight recipients join a list of 574 communities that have been awarded THF skatepark grants, and represent towns and cities large and small, from across the U.S.

With a campaign prominently led by its local skaters, Wilmington, North Carolina’s Ogden Skatepark project is an exemplary effort, and earned the foundation’s top award. “We are proud to support Wilmington in this way,” said Tony Hawk, whose previous visits to the area provided insight into the impact the park will have on local youth. “It represents the type of community efforts that we encourage through our skatepark advocacy. It is also a project that is close to my heart, so I plan to be involved with the park design and construction.”

As with each of the nearly 2,000 applicants for THF grants, Hawk has provided direct feedback on the Ogden Skatepark design. “We are thrilled to be the recipient of a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation,” said Tara Duckworth, Director of New Hanover County Parks and Gardens. “His support means so much to this project and our community, and helps us bring more diverse recreation opportunities to meet the needs of all of our citizens. The skate community has been waiting a long time for this, and we are so excited to see the Ogden Skatepark become a reality.”

Spring 2016 THF Skatepark Grant Recipients
Wilmington, North Carolina – $25,000
Bristow, Oklahoma – $15,000
Palouse, Washington – $15,000
Tillamook, Oregon – $10,000
New Richmond, Wisconsin – $10,000
Macon, Georgia – $5,000
Ely, Minnesota – $5,000
Lincoln, New Hampshire – $5,000

The next opportunity to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant begins in June 2016. Potential applicants or individuals considering launching a skatepark effort in their communities are encouraged to visit www.publicskateparkguide.org. For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation, including its Skatepark Grant Program, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.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 $5.4-million to 574 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.