Tony Hawk Foundation Raises Over $1-Million For Public Skatepark Development

Action-sports pros and the entertainment elite were on-hand Sunday for the fifth-annual Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks, where over $1-million was raised for the Tony Hawk Foundation and its mission to bring free, quality skateparks to low-income communities across the United States. Held at an exclusive estate in Beverly Hills, attendees included Tony Hawk, Shaun White, Anthony Kiedis, David Spade, Jamie Lee Curtis, Perry Ferrell, Chris “Big Black” Boykin, Mia Hamm, Kathy Ireland, Bam Margera, BMX legend Mat Hoffman, Nomar Garciaparra of the L.A. Dodgers, UFC fighter Wanderlei Silva, Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler, and others. The one-day action-sports carnival included games, activities, a special acoustic performance by Social Distortion, and a Vert Demo on Hawk’s personal ramp, where he was joined by White, Bucky Lasek, Andy Macdonald, Kevin Staab, and BMX riders John Parker and Dennis McCoy. Fundraising efforts at the event kicked off with a special Pledge Drive for a skatepark in Hawk’s childhood neighborhood of Tierrasanta in San Diego, California. The area is home to over 3,000 military families, many of whom have loved ones deployed overseas. Local youth, who had been pursuing a skatepark for two years before approaching the Foundation for assistance, joined Hawk and the other athletes on stage. Similar to past Stand Up For Skateparks events, where funds were raised for specific projects in Compton, California and New York City, the Pledge Drive raised over $78,000 to kick off the Tony Hawk Foundation’s effort to break the million-dollar goal. The Activision Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit committee included Tony Hawk, Lance Armstrong, Rob Dyrdek, Christopher “Big Black” Boykin, Sean “Diddy” Combs,...

300th Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Opens

Public skatepark nonprofit organization hits milestone. 9/25/08 (Vista, CA) – The opening of the Wasatch County Skatepark in Heber City, Utah on July 28, 2008, marked the 300th public skatepark to open that received financial assistance from the Tony Hawk Foundation. Since 2002, the Foundation has been helping low-income communities develop free public skateparks, and to-date has awarded almost 400 grants to help pay for their construction, including the $5,000 grant to Wasatch County in 2007. The Wasatch County Skatepark is a 20,000-square-foot free public park, and features a broad range of terrain types for skaters of all styles to ride, challenge themselves, and enjoy the benefits that skateboarding offers. From providing a safe place to skate, away from traffic and other dangers, to promoting a healthy, active lifestyle, the Wasatch County Skatepark is a haven for skaters in northern Utah as well as those who travel to the area to visit the acclaimed facility. Through grants and technical assistance, the Tony Hawk Foundation helps communities across the U.S. build free, quality, public skateparks in low-income areas to give at-risk youth access to safe, sanctioned places to skate. With over 13-million skateboarders in the U.S. and only about 2,500 skateparks nationwide, most skateboarders are forced to skate in the streets, in parking lots, and other locations where they’re often not welcome. Public skateparks provide not only a safe place for them to pursue their passion for this healthy, athletic, and creative activity, but also helps them build a sense of community. The next deadline to submit Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Applications is October 1, 2008. Applications are currently available...