Skateparks for kids in need

Tony Hawk Foundation
United States (Vista)

Submitted by: Skateistan

Since 2002, Tony Hawk Foundation has been helping youth and their communities connect with their local leaders to develop infrastructure for skateboarding, a positive recreational and social activity that is widely accessible across income brackets.

It is the first organisation ever to provide funding and free advice and advocacy for grassroots groups and youth seeking to set up skateboarding infrastructure. Tony Hawk benefited from having a local skatepark growing up, and strives to bring the same benefits to youth in low-income communities.

To-date, the foundation has awarded over $5-million to help open more than 500 public skateparks across the US – from Compton to Detroit. In 2016, Skateistan South Africa became the first international project to be supported by the US-based organisation with a $100,000 grant to support Skateistan’s programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa.

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The Tony Hawk Foundation was mapped by Talia Kaufman, Skateistan Programs Director in Surf, skate, liberate: Skateistan’s AtlasChart Top 5.

Written by

Talia Kaufman, Skateistan Programs Director (19 May 2017)

Project leader

Tony Hawk, Professional skateboarder

Tony Hawk with local youth at the Grand Opening of the Compton, California skatepark

Overview of the Montclair, California public skatepark.

A young skater checks to be sure the coast is clear before dropping in at the Imperial Beach, California public skatepark

Tony Hawk soars a backside ollie at the Grand Opening the Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in Atlanta, Georgia

Tony Hawk helped celebrate the Grand Opening of the Nathan Lazarus Skatepark in Nederland, Colorado. The park was named for a local 5th grader and skatepark advocate who helped Tony fundraise to build the park

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