The Tony Hawk Foundation
After receiving thousands of e-mails from parents and children across America who did not have a safe, legal place to skate and in some cases arrested for skating on public property or seriously injured or killed from riding on the streets, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk decided to establish a foundation whose mission would be to serve this population. He wanted to help them develop quality places to practice the sport that gives them much needed exercise and a sense of self-esteem. So in 2002 he established the Tony Hawk Foundation, financed the organization with a personal gift, and assembled a Board of Directors that represents a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise.
Since its inception, the Tony Hawk Foundation has sought 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 focusing on the creation of public skateboard parks and other causes in the U.S. and overseas. The Foundation favors projects that have a strong community involvement, grassroots fundraising, and a base of support from skaters, parents, law enforcement, and local leaders.
Across the country, more than 1,800 communities have addressed this growing trend by building skateparks of their own. Let’s build a skatepark in Ellicottville, NY!