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Tony Hawk And Ben Harper Kick Off Third-Annual Boards + Bands Auction

TOP SKATERS TEAM UP WITH LEGENDARY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL TALENT TO BENEFIT AT-RISK YOUTH

Mark Mothersbaugh, Tony Hawk, and Ben Harper.

Mark Motherbaugh joins Tony Hawk and Ben Harper to launch the 2015 Boards + Bands auction, benefiting the Tony Hawk Foundation.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 12, 2015 – Skateboarder Tony Hawk and Grammy Award-winning musician Ben Harper gathered today in Los Angeles with supporters of the Tony Hawk Foundation to kick off the third annual Boards + Bands Auction – a special fundraising initiative that merges the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit Hawk’s foundation.

Boards + Bands pairs A-list award-winning music talent with some of the biggest skateboarders in the world through artful collaboration. Hawk invited a select group of professional skateboarders to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Harper then sent those boards on to the appropriate artists with one simple message: “Please write the lyrics to this skater’s favorite song on his skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.”

“We are thrilled about this year’s amazing collection of boards featuring unique collaborations between some of the biggest names in skateboarding AND music, and we are grateful to all that made it possible,” said Tony Hawk. “We have high hopes for this year’s auction as we continue to further the Foundation’s mission of bringing skateparks to low-income communities around the world.”

“As a proud Board Member of the Tony Hawk Foundation, it’s inspiring to see such an amazing outpouring of support from this year’s collaborators,” said Ben Harper. “This year’s auction is sure to be the most successful to-date, and we are eager to put the proceeds back into this important cause.”

The auction is now live and those interested in bidding can do so at www.BoardsAndBands.org. The complete list of the one-of-a-kind decks include:

Paul Rodriguez + Jay Z “Where I’m From”

Riley Hawk + Ozzy Osbourne “Fairies Wear Boots”

Shane O’Neil + Jay Z “Politics As Usual”

Ben Raybourn + DEVO “Uncontrollable Urge”

Chad Ortiz + Tom Petty “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”

Nyjah Huston +: Metallica “Fade To Black”

Ryan Sheckler + Of Mice & Men “The Depths”

Tony Hawk + U2 “Where The Streets Have No Name”

Tony Hawk + Tenacious D “Tribute”

Mikey Taylor + The National “Sorrow”

Chris Cole + Elton John & Bernie Taupin “Candle In The Wind”

Doug Saladino + Pearl Jam “Nothing As It Seems”

100 percent of the funds raised from the auction will directly benefit The Tony Hawk Foundation – a charitable, nonprofit organization that promotes and provides technical assistance and funds for high-quality skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and for International programming that enriches the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Since launching the program in 2012, The Boards + Bands initiative has raised over $139,000 to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.

 

ABOUT THE 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 $5.3-million to 560 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.

A Skatepark In Your Town

Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse Skateboards team will help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Lanark Skate Plaza in Canoga Park, California on June 19. The project received a THF grant in 2012.

Tony Hawk and the Birdhouse Skateboards team will help celebrate the Grand Opening of the Lanark Skate Plaza in Canoga Park, California on June 19. The project received a THF grant in 2012.

Tony Hawk Foundation offers financial grants and technical assistance to build public skateparks.

June 9, 2015 (Vista, CA) – If you’re interested in seeing a new skatepark for the youth in your area, the Tony Hawk Foundation offers a range of resources to assist you in your efforts. THF provides technical-assistance services at no charge for communities pursing new skateparks, as well as construction grants for those projects that are in the fundraising stage.

Through Wednesday, June 17, THF is accepting applications for its Skatepark Grant awards.

Twice annually the foundation’s Board of Directors convenes to review applications from community-skatepark projects, and the deadline is fast approaching. To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be working to create free, concrete, public skateparks in low-income communities in the U.S. Full details and a link to the online application are available at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. Technical assistance services are available to all communities.

The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks has been working with local youth on a skatepark since 2011. On Friday, June 19, 2015, Tony Hawk and members of the Birdhouse Skateboards team will join Councilmember Bob Blumenfield and City leaders on-site to help the community inaugurate the brand new Lanark Skate Plaza, which was partially funded by a Tony Hawk Foundation grant and has been highly anticipated since THF helped launch the effort over three years ago.

“It’s validating to review grant applications and support great projects,” says Tony Hawk. “But the best part, for me, is seeing the skateparks actually open, and even getting to skate them myself! So I’m looking forward to joining the Birdhouse team at the Lanark Skate Plaza this month.”

The 14,000-square-foot plaza is set among the old-growth trees at Lanark Recreation Center, features a design by New Line Skateparks, and was built by California Skateparks. Festivities will commence at 2 PM on Friday, June 19 at 21816 Lanark St, Canoga Park, CA 91304. The park will not be open for public skating until after the grand-opening ceremony and pro demo.

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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 $5.3-million to 560 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.

Jersey City Receives Tony Hawk Foundation Top Skatepark Grant

State’s second-largest city joins three other recipients of the coveted prize.

Jersey City, New Jersey's new public skatepark will be located in Berry Lane Park.

Coming Soon to Berry Lane Park in Jersey City, New Jersey! Image courtesy of SITE Design Group

March 4, 2015 (Vista, CA) – Jersey City, New Jersey’s ambitious Berry Lane Park project will feature a world-class skatepark at its center, thanks to years of hard work and persistence from local advocates. Their efforts have also earned the project the Tony Hawk Foundation’s top grant, which has brought the group within sight of their fundraising goal.

Working since 2002 to help communities across the U.S. create free public skateparks, the Tony Hawk Foundation announced the latest recipients of its grants this week. Four communities seeking to build free, quality public skateparks that will serve at-risk youth have been awarded the highly competitive prize, and each project represents skaters who banded together to articulate their vision for a skatepark, built a coalition of supporters, and ultimately secured the support of their local leaders.

“It’s inspiring to see skaters work so hard for their communities, while earning the respect and trust of their city councils,” said Tony Hawk. “These skatepark projects are the result of grassroots public efforts and real collaboration between the skaters, the community, and local leaders.”

While THF Skatepark Grants provide both tangible financial assistance and an exclusive status that often attracts other grants and donations, the core work of the foundation is to educate both skatepark advocates and local leaders on the process of developing a proper skatepark.

“Every day we field requests from communities around the world seeking our help in developing new public skateparks,” said THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “The demand for safe, accessible skateboarding facilities is undeniable, and we are honored to be the go-to source for developmental guidance. Every skatepark starts with an advocate.”

Communities seeking to develop public skateparks should begin by studying the information at www.publicskateparkguide.org, which covers very step of the skatepark process, from creating a vision to skatepark design and construction.

Winter 2015 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant Recipients
Jersey City, New Jersey ($25,000)
McCook, Nebraska ($10,000)
Taylor, Texas ($10,000)
Janesville, Wisconsin ($5,000)

Information about the Tony Hawk Foundation, its Skatepark Grant Program (including application deadlines), and resources for starting a public skatepark in your town can be found at 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 $5.3-million to 560 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.

Skatepark Grants Available

Tony Hawk Foundation continues to fund skateparks in low-income communities.

Entering its fourteenth year supporting at-risk youth, the Tony Hawk Foundation has opened its application for grants to help fund the construction of free, public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S.

Tony Hawk tests out the new transitions at the Lakeside, California public skatepark. In their pursuit of a quality, concrete skatepark, advocacy group Friends Of The Lakeside Skatepark sought Technical Assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation since they launched their project in 2009, and later qualified for a THF Skatepark Grant. Photo by Jody Morris.

December 17, 2014 (Vista, CA) – Entering its fourteenth year supporting at-risk youth, the Tony Hawk Foundation has opened its application for grants to help fund the construction of free, public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. Applications can be accessed via the foundation’s Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org, and are being accepted through January 19, 2015.

Since 2002, THF has promoted the development of safe, sanctioned spaces for youth to skateboard through tactical technical assistance, as well as funding. To-date, the foundation has awarded over $5.2-million dollars to help create 557 public skateparks in all 50 States. THF also supports international programming that enriches the lives of youth through skateboarding.

Domestically, THF’s support for the creation of free public skateparks continues to have great positive impact in the 465 communities that have completed their skateparks, thus far. “Every skatepark is the result of local youth declaring to their community that they need recreational access, too,” says THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “Wherever you see a skatepark, you are looking at thousands of hours of volunteer work.”

THF’s Technical Assistance Program is designed to help those volunteers demystify the process of navigating City Hall to make a public skatepark a priority for their communities. “Through THF’s technical assistance, advocates are given advice on how to embark on their skatepark campaign,” says Whitley. “They learn how to face adversity with positive response, build consensus, and find funding for a skateboarding facility that will last for generations to come.”

The best place for skatepark advocates to start is www.publicskateparkguide.org. Created in conjunction with the nonprofit Skaters For Public Skateparks (www.skatepark.org) and the International Association Of Skateboard Companies (www.TheIASC.org), the Public Skatepark Development Guide covers the entire skatepark-development process, including information on management and programming your new public skatepark. The Public Skatepark Development Guide was written by THF Programs Director Peter Whitley, with input from dozens of successful skatepark advocates across the U.S., and is the most cited resource among past THF Skatepark Grant applicants.

For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation or to access the skatepark-grant application, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

THF’s annual Holiday Auction is also currently live on eBay. Featuring several unique items and experiences, the Holiday Auction is one of several annual THF fundraising initiatives that help support the programs and services the foundation offers. Bid on a custom Triumph motorcycle, Tony Hawk’s personal used skateboard, signed Taylor Guitars, VIP access to Lollapalooza, a SONY Action Cam bundle, and more at www.THFauction.org. Auction closes Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10 AM (PST).

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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 557 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.

Get Rad For Ray

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Tony Hawk And Other Skate Legends To Descend Upon Raleigh For Free Event

Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Eddie Elguera, Ben Raybourn, and other skateboard legends confirmed to appear at Marsh Creek Skatepark for Ray Underhill charity event on 10/18.

Tony Hawk is bringing the 80s back to Raleigh, North Carolina’s Marsh Creek Skatepark. At least skateboarding’s version of that notorious decade. And he’s not coming alone.

Hawk and friends have organized the Get Rad For Ray Presented By Endless Grind charity event to celebrate the life and legacy of one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, Ray Underhill. A Wilmington, NC native, Underhill was a member of the infamous Bones Brigade squad of the 1980s, a teammate of Hawk’s, and known for his smooth skating style. But his friends remember him best for his kindness, wit, and dedication—his true enduring legacies.

“Ray was a great friend,” said Hawk. “We miss him every day, so we’re coming to Raleigh to remember him the best way we know—to skate in his honor while helping others!”

The world lost Ray in 2008, after his long battle with Chordoma, a rare but relentless spinal cancer. To honor his life, Ray’s family and friends have joined the City Of Raleigh to host the inaugural Get Rad For Ray Presented By Endless Grind skateboarding contest and 80s-themed Legends jam session at the Marsh Creek Skatepark. This will be a free public event to celebrate Ray with an amazing display of local and legendary skate talent, and to raise funds for the Ray Underhill Foundation, which supports NC families affected by Chordoma.

Get Rad For Ray is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. A beginners’ skate clinic will start the celebration and get kids new to the Marsh Creek Skatepark off to a solid and safe start. An amateur contest will give local talent the opportunity to shine and impress. And the day will conclude with an 80s-themed Legends skate jam, featuring top new talent mixing it up with some of the most famous names in skateboarding—Tony Hawk, Christian Hosoi, Steve Caballero, Eddie Elguera, Mike McGill, Ben Raybourn, Kevin Staab, Grant Taylor, Brad McClain, Ben Hatchell, and Curren Caples among them.

“This is an incredible collection of skate talent,” said Hawk. “Top names from the 70s, 80s, and today—all skating together in one event. If I weren’t joining them in the session, I’d definitely want to be there to see it!”

Attendees will have several opportunities to support the Ray Underhill Foundation via donations and raffles throughout the day.

Skaters wishing to participate in the morning skate clinic must register at either of the following skateboard shops:
Endless Grind (424 W Peace St, Raleigh, NC 27603; 919-828-5877)
Vertical Urge (7407 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615; 919-870-7766)
Space is limited for the skate clinic, and parents must be present to register minors.

Skaters wishing to compete in the amateur skate contest must register at www.TheBoardr.com/GR4R.

The fun kicks off at 11 AM, Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Marsh Creek Skatepark and continues through the afternoon. Come help the legends of skateboarding celebrate the life of a true champion, and support the Ray Underhill Foundation’s efforts to assist families affected by Chordoma.

For sponsorship opportunities contact Steven Perelman:
steven@tonyhawkfoundation.org or 916-955-4391

Get Rad For Ray
Saturday, October 18, 2014
11 AM – 4 PM
Marsh Creek Skatepark
3016 N New Hope Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604

Parking will not be available at Marsh Creek Skatepark the day of the event. Shuttles will be available beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater parking lot, located off of Sunnybrook Road (at Rock Quarry Road).

www.GetRadForRay.org

#GR4R

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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.

Endless Grind
Endless Grind is a skateboard shop in Raleigh NC founded by professional skateboarder and North Carolina native Reggie Barnes in 1986. For over 25 years Endless has been selling skateboards at the same location on Peace Street in downtown Raleigh. Its experienced staff sells skateboards and skateboard-related products, including one of the best selections of skate shoes in NC for men, youth, and girls. Everyone who works at Endless skates, so you don’t have to worry about someone trying to sell you something they don’t use themselves. It isn’t a “boardsports” store or a large dept. store chain, so the staff actually knows first-hand about the products they’re selling. For more information, visit www.endlessgrind.com

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

Raleigh Parks, Recreation And Cultural Resources Department
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department has over 200 parks, including features like amusements, art centers, athletic facilities, community centers, lakes, nature preserves, off leash dog parks, playgrounds, skate parks, swimming pools, historic homes and open space. With innovative programs offered throughout the year, there are endless opportunities to learn something new, refine your skills, or just meet new friends. We hope you take time to discover your Raleigh  Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. For more information visit us at http://parks.raleighnc.gov, @raleighparks, or http://facebook.com/raleighparks.

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 www.TheBoardr.com

Bones Brigade Secret Session

Skate with the legendary Bones Brigade and support THF! Only 30 Guests will have the opportunity to ride with the Brigade, or have a front-row vantage to see the skating go down. When a crew like this gets rolling, the energy and the inspiration will drive each rider to his or her best. It will be an amazing, upbeat, communal experience for everyone present. Guests will be treated to lunch with the skaters, and also get to skate and visit with the legendary Bones Brigade.

When: Sunday, October 19, 2014 (Noon)
Where: Somewhere in New York City
Donation to attend: $5,000

Confirmed Skaters: Tony Hawk, Eddie Elguera, Lance Mountain, Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Christian Hosoi, Ben Raybourn, Chris Cole, Ishod Wair, plus more!

Contact Lily Schwimmer to reserve your spot now: lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org 760-477-2479

Image Copyright © Tony Hawk Foundation 2013.