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Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Funding Now Available

THF dollars helped create San Francisco’s newest skatepark—is your project next?

12 December 2016 (Vista, CA) – Youth in San Francisco are enjoying their new skatepark at the city’s rebuilt Hilltop Park, and other communities can now take advantage of the same Tony Hawk Foundation construction grant that helped fund that amazing project.

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

Bay Area skater Zoe Safanda lifts an Andrecht hand plant over the vert bowl at the new Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco. Photo: Miki Vuckovich

A public skatepark typically requires funding from several sources, and over the past fifteen years the Tony Hawk Foundation has become one of the most significant, with over $5.6-million awarded to projects in all 50 States. As THF’s 519th skatepark to open, Hilltop is just the latest.

According to Will Rogers, Chief Executive Officer of The Trust for Public Land, THF’s contribution may not have been the largest, but it was pivotal. “The Trust for Public Land is deeply grateful for the Tony Hawk Foundation’s support of the Hilltop Skatepark. They didn’t just give generous financial backing, their support generated real excitement in the local community and being able to call on the Tony Hawk Foundation for technical advice and suggestions was tremendous. You can already see how popular the new design is with skaters of all ages and abilities, and we thank them for helping make that possible.”

The 16,000-square-foot concrete flow course and bowl was the result of local residents collaborating with several agencies and organizations, including San Francisco Recreation And Parks, The Trust For Public Land, Parks 94124, and the Tony Hawk Foundation.

In recent years, many THF Skatepark Grant recipients have reported that the contribution from Tony Hawk’s foundation also catalyzed their local fundraising. “The value of winning the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant cannot be measured by sheer numbers,” said Sarah Anderson, who led the Nyack, New York public skatepark to its grand opening in 2015. “The esteemed THF grant not only filled the skatepark coffer, it legitimized the project in the eyes of the public and activated donors, both public and private, to carry us forward to the finish line.”

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

The Tony Hawk Foundation accepts applications from communities for skatepark grants twice annually. The current application is live on the foundation’s Web site and will be available until January 16, 2017 at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

In addition to skatepark funding, THF staff assist skatepark advocates to successfully navigate the complex process of campaigning for, planning, and funding their public skateparks. In addition to reaching THF staff directly through the foundation’s Web site, advocates can learn about skatepark development at the foundation’s advocacy-resource site: www.publicskateparkguide.org.

Hilltop Skatepark is located at La Salle and Whitney Young Circle, San Francisco, CA 94124.

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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 576 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.GoSolar.com), Nixon (www.nixon.com), Sweetwater (www.nepinc.com), Dynacraft (www.dynacraftwheels.com), and Zumiez (www.zumiez.com).

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

Thrasher Magazine Editor Jake Phelps (center) joins other dignitaries at the Hilltop Skatepark ribbon cutting in San Francisco on December 3, 2016. Photo by Miki Vuckovich

Bones Brigade 30th Anniversary Reunion

We are delighted to announce that on Friday, September 30th, the Tony Hawk Foundation will be hosting a secret skate session in the Los Angeles area to celebrate the Bones Brigade’’s 30-year reunion!

The donation for participating is $7,000 and includes two people. This exclusive event is limited to only 30 participants, and all the proceeds from this event directly benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation’s mission to create free public skateparks for at-risk youth throughout the U.S.

For more information regarding the day’s festivities please see the attached flyer. If you have additional questions or would like to reserve your spot, e-mail lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org

This is an unforgettable private experience with the Bones Brigade that you won’t want to miss!

Bones Brigade 30th Reunion

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.