Tony Hawk Foundation awards 500th grant, totaling more than $4-million. 3/21/12 (Vista, CA) – With a grant award of $10,000 to the Heaven skatepark project in Hartford, Connecticut, the Tony Hawk Foundation has now helped to fund more than 500 skateparks in all 50 states. Most states have received multiple grant awards in the ten years since the Tony Hawk Foundation began funding public skatepark projects, but Connecticut remained elusive until now. Total grants awarded by the Foundation since launching in 2002 have now surpassed $4-million.
“The last 10 years have exceeded my expectations,” says Founder and President Tony Hawk. “I am more proud than ever of the work we are doing all over the country.”
Tony Hawk Foundation grants are awarded for the construction of free, public skatepark projects in communities that serve at-risk youth. Applicants must demonstrate exemplary efforts in advocacy, the ability to fundraise, involvement of the youth who will actually use the park, and a commitment to hiring professional skatepark designers and builders.
The Foundation Board of Directors meets twice annually to review applications and award grants. For the Winter 2012 session, the Board chose twelve projects and awarded a total of $100,000. The top award of $25,000 went to the acclaimed Skatepark of Baltimore organization, which has done almost as much to advance skatepark development across the U.S. as it has to achieve its landmark 16,000-square-foot park in Baltimore, Maryland.
“This grant is the most significant thing to happen to the youth of Baltimore this decade,” says Skatepark of Baltimore President Stephanie Murdock. “The youth of Baltimore are presently being underserved by a lack of adequate public facilities for skateboarding. Once constructed, the park will serve as many as 36,000 youths per year. The facility will have a lasting impact and serve as a safe, sanctioned environment for young people to skate with positive adult peers.”
The twelve Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant recipients for Winter 2012 represent 10 states and will result in more than 120,000 square feet of new skatepark space:
Baltimore, Maryland (Skatepark Of Baltimore) $25,000
Lone Pine, California (Healthy Communities Of Southern Inyo County) $10,000
Leadville, Colorado (Partnership For Lake County Recreation) $10,000
Hartford, Connecticut (Charter Oak Temple Restoration Association) $10,000
Junction City, Oregon (City Of Junction City) $5,000
Commerce, Texas (Commerce Parks Foundation) $5,000
Mabton, Washington (Catholic Charities Housing Services) $5,000
Sedro-Woolley, Washington (Rotary International Sedro-Woolley) $5,000
At its March meeting the Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors also welcomed its two newest members. Kevin Rose is a lifelong skater, the mastermind behind several social-media initiatives, and a product builder at Google. Sarah Hall is a longtime THF supporter and public-relations professional who, in addition to Tony Hawk, represents several celebrities and national brands from her office in New York City.
Sarah and Kevin join Tony Hawk, Gary Arnold, Gerard Cappello, Chantal Cloobeck, Sandy Dusablon, Ben Harper, Pat Hawk, Steve Hawk, Lenore Hawk Dale, Bob Kahan, Chris Sacca, Jamie Thomas, and Mike Vallely to round out the Foundation’s all-star Board Of Directors.
The Summer 2012 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant season begins May 15, when the online grant application will be available on the Foundation’s Web site. For general information, as well as full details about Tony Hawk Foundation grants, please visit www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded $4,072,350 to 505 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 Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen by its Board Of Directors. 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 at www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation, on Twitter @THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.