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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.

Tony Hawk And Friends Celebrate The 12th Annual Stand Up For Skateparks Benefit In Beverly Hills

Tony Hawk skates Z-Trip's DJ table with a frontside ollie to pivot during the Vert Demo at Tony Hawk's Stand Up For Skateparks in Beverly Hills, CA on 10/11/15. Photo by Anthony Acosta.

Tony Hawk skates Z-Trip’s DJ table with a frontside ollie to pivot during the Vert Demo at Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks in Beverly Hills, CA on 10/11/15. Photo by Anthony Acosta.

OCTOBER 12, 2015 (LOS ANGELES, CA) – Tony Hawk, supporters of the Tony Hawk Foundation, celebrities, and an impressive roster of world-class skateboarding and BMX heavyweights came together this past Sunday at Green Acres Estate in Beverly Hills for the annual Stand Up For Skateparks benefit. Now in its 12th year, the event offered attendees a fun kid-centric day that culminated with performances by The Vandals and DJ Z-Trip and an amazing vert demo on Hawk’s personal 13-foot halfpipe.

Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks benefit is a family-friendly action-sports carnival that included games, food, and live and silent auctions with unique items and experiences. The more than $875,000 raised this year will 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. Since launching in 2004, Stand Up for Skateparks has raised more than $9.3-million for the Tony Hawk Foundation.

“Stand Up For Skateparks is a one-of-a-kind experience and I am proud to see it grow each year in support of our important cause,” said Tony Hawk. “Thanks to all of the attendees, donors, sponsors, performers and volunteers, the foundation will be able to further its powerful mission and continue to serve the more than 5-million visitors to these skateparks annually.”

Notable attendees this year included Anthony Kiedis, Etty and Perry Farrell, David Spade, Johnny Knoxville, Chuck Liddell, Urijah Faber, Max Greenfield, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Fred Durst, Sarah Chalke, Ethan Suplee, Verne Troyer, Bob Forrest, Joe Mangiello, Mark Wahlberg, and Corbin Harris.

Skateboarding and BMX athletes that participated in the vert demo include: Tony Hawk, Elliot Sloan, Lizzie Armanto, Allysha Bergado, Evan Doherty, Paul-Luc Ronchetti, Andy Macdonald, Simon Tabron, Coco Zurita, Kevin Staab, and Mat Hoffman.

This year’s event was co-chaired by Tony Hawk and Eve and Maximillion Cooper. Benefit Committee members include Ron Burkle, Fred Durst, Jon Favreau, Etty and Perry Farrell, Stacey and Allen Gibson, Brian Austin Green, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Mat Hoffman, Bobby Kotick, Tommy Lee, Howie Mandel, Rodney Mullen, Tony Norman, Lyn-Z and Travis Pastrana, Chris Sacca, Sultan AlSaud, Henry Stupp, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, Steve Van Doren, Lori and Bill Walton, and DJ Z-Trip.

Led by auctioneer Jeff Stokes, a special live auction gave attendees the chance to bid on amazing experiences and items, including a 2016 MINI Countryman Park Lane Edition, customized by DUB Magazine, Roadwire Interiors and Rockledge Securities and featuring a one-of-a-kind leather interior.

This year’s event was made possible through the generosity and support of, Fandango, Gumball 3000 Foundation, MINI USA, Hawk Clothing, Starkey Hearing Foundation, GOSOLAR.COM, HEXBUG, Nixon, Sweetwater, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5, and The Yucaipa Companies.

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 $5.4-million to 569 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.

Kids Building Communities

Charlotteville, VA

Charlottesville, Virginia’s 30,000-sq.-ft. McIntire Skatepark project resulted form skaters rallying for a permanent solution to their need for a safe place to skate and be active.


Youth rally for skateparks in their towns, where they can gather and share their sport.

24 August 2015 (Vista, CA) — The evidence is clear—youth need more recreational opportunities, as the number of overweight and obese youth has more than tripled since 1980 (cdc.gov). Efforts to tinker with school-lunch programs and access to organized sports leagues have had limited impact. In recent years many youth have taken it upon themselves to create their own active spaces. In particular, skateboarders have rallied their communities to support building public skateparks, and they’ve turned to the Tony Hawk Foundation to help them achieve their goals.

Since 2002, the Foundation has been assisting community groups and public officials to navigate the process of creating free, quality public skateparks. With advocacy training and a grant program that helps pay for construction of the skateparks, the Foundation has assisted nearly 2,000 skatepark projects, and helped fund 569 in all 50 States. These are spaces that not only give youth a place to gather and form friendships, but also encourages them to be active.

The process of creating a public skatepark typically begins with one skater sharing the idea with another, and the concept quickly gains traction among their peers. They rally support from their parents and mentors, and the project grows from there. Eventually they present their needs directly to local government and the general public, overcoming each obstacle as it is encountered. For many projects, the process also includes a call to THF for guidance and assistance.

“Skateboarders have always been a part of the larger community, but in some places, the community is making it clear that skateboarders aren’t welcome there,” says THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “We think it is a testament to the creativity and passion of these kids to get involved and represent themselves. Where else do you see that?”

The integral role of youth in the skatepark process—not just in the initial phases, but throughout the planning, promotion, and fundraising—is unique. It also instills a sense of ownership in the eventual skatepark that the youth will enjoy and respect. Such are the projects that THF endorses, and in some cases helps fund through its Grants Program.

Ten communities in eight States are the latest recipients of Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants. These projects span urban to very rural communities; from massive regional skateparks to smaller neighborhood skate spots. Meeting this month to review grant applications, the THF Board of Directors were drawn to one project in particular.

The 30,000-square-foot McIntire Skatepark in Charlottesville, Virginia will replace a dilapidated temporary wooden skatepark, and is designed to meet the needs of all local skaters—from bowl riders to street skaters. Rather than repair the original skatepark, skaters and their supporters pushed for a permanent solution that will meet their needs for decades to come, and were successful in articulating their vision and securing the support of their local leadership.

“We are excited to get behind projects like Charlottesville,” says Tony Hawk. “They are not only creating ambitious skateparks, but also integrating the facilities—and the skaters themselves—into the community.”

Across the U.S., skaters are organizing sophisticated and informed coalitions to express their need for safe places to skate. And for more than a decade the Tony Hawk Foundation has been guiding them through the sometimes difficult process of promoting their ideas and attracting the support they need to accomplish their goals.

Below are the latest communities to join the hundreds that have received both technical and financial assistance from THF. Each project is a unique response to the universal need for safe places to skate, and each will result in a facility that will be a point of pride in its respective community.

Summer 2015 THF Skatepark Grant Recipients
Charlottesville, Virginia – $25,000
Arvin, California – $15,000
San Diego, California – $10,000
Stevensville, Montana – $10,000
Niagara Falls, New York – $10,000
Houston, Texas – $10,000
Chiloquin, Washington – $10,000
Goleta, California – $5,000
Cassopolis, Michigan – $5,000
Kansas City, Missouri – $5,000

For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation, including its Skatepark Grants Program, visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. To get started on a public-skatepark project of your own, visit www.publicskateparkguide.org.

Charlotteville, VA

The Bowl area of the McIntire Skatepark in Charlottesville, Virginia will have a wide variety of transitional features for skaters of all abilities.

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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 569 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.

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.