Tony Hawk And Other Skate Legends To Descend Upon Kennesaw For Free Event
Hawk, Mike McGill, other skateboard legends confirmed to appear at Kennesaw Skatepark for Ray Underhill charity event on 6/19.
18 May 2016 (Kennesaw, GA) – Tony Hawk is bringing the 80s back to Kennesaw Skatepark. At least skateboarding’s version of that notorious decade. And he’s not coming alone.
Hawk and friends have organized the NIXON Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop charity event to celebrate the life and legacy of one of skateboarding’s all-time greats, Ray Underhill. A Wilmington, North Carolina 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 Kennesaw 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 Kennesaw to host the Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop skateboarding contest and 80s-themed Legends jam session at the Kennesaw Skatepark in Swift-Cantrell Park. 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 families affected by Chordoma.
NIXON Get Rad For Ray presented by Kennesaw Skateshop is a family-style event that will feature a festival area with food and vendors, as well as three different skateboarding events. A free beginners’ skate clinic hosted by Kennesaw Skateshop will start the celebration and get kids new to the Swift-Cantrell 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, Mike McGill, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Ben Raybourn, Brighton Zeuner, Brad McClain, and Lizzie Armanto 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 free morning skate clinic must register at Kennesaw Skateshop: 3115 Old 41 Hwy, Kennesaw, GA 30144 (Across the street from the skatepark); phone 404-323-3666
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 amateur clinic will have a $35 entry fee.
The fun kicks off at 11 AM, Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Swift-Cantrell 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.
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. Visit the Ray Underhill Foundation on facebook.
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
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 www.skatekennesaw.com.
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.
2014 Get Rad For Ray event in Raleigh, North Carolina
The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth. Through special events, grants, and technical assistance, the Foundation supports recreational programs with a focus on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities. The Foundation favors programs that clearly demonstrate that funds received will produce tangible, ongoing, positive results.