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Tony Hawk Foundation Reaches $2-Million In Skatepark Funding

Tony Hawk Foundation Reaches $2-Million In Skatepark Funding
The Tony Hawk Foundation has now reached an incredible $2-Million in total fundraising for skateparks in low-income communties across the U.S. That’s a lot of ‘crete for the kids. Cheers to Tony, all the hardworkers at the THF, and of course, the kids with shiny new parks!
Tony Hawk Foundation Reaches $2-Million In Skatepark Funding

Skateboarding legend’s nonprofit organization hits milestone in charitable giving.

Vista, CA (12/12/07) — The Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors voted today to award 29 grants worth $255,000 for the construction of new pubic skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. This series of grants and a special Pledge Drive in October that raised $60,500 for the Compton, California skatepark project brings the Foundation’s total funding of public skateparks to more than $2-million dollars.

The latest grant-award recipients were selected from a pool of 78 applicants, and brings the total number of Tony Hawk Foundation grants to 365.

Since 2002 the Foundation has been working with public officials and skatepark advocates to advise them on their skatepark projects and to provide funding for skateparks in low-income areas.

At the Foundation’s fourth-annual Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground Stand Up For Skateparks fundraiser in October, a special Pledge Drive earned $60,500 for the Compton, California skatepark project. Tony visited Compton City Hall in November to present the Pledge Drive check to members of the City Council. Combined with a $10,000 grant awarded in 2006, the total contribution from the Tony Hawk Foundation for the Compton skatepark comes to $70,500.

Applications for Spring 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants can be accessed via the Foundation’s Web site at

after January 15. Applications must be completed by March 1, 2008. Fall 2007 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Recipients

Greensboro, Alabama      $25,000

Eureka, California      $25,000

Yakima, Washington      $25,000

Lake Havasu City, Arizona      $10,000

Saint Cloud, Minnesota      $10,000

Warrensburg, Montana      $10,000

Hendersonville, North Carolina      $10,000

Bellefontaine, Ohio      $10,000

Winston, Oregon      $10,000

McDonald, Pennsylvania      $10,000

Greeneville, Tennessee      $10,000

Mineral Wells, Texas      $10,000

Kelso, Washington      $10,000

Clarendon, Arizona     $5,000

Cutler, California      $5,000

Oakland, California      $5,000

Sumner, Iowa      $5,000

Shelbyville, Kentucky      $5,000

Crane, Montana      $5,000

Claremont, New Hampshire      $5,000

City of Ravenna, Ohio      $5,000

Estacada, Oregon      $5,000

City of Socorro, Texas      $5,000

Navasota, Texas      $5,000

Palacios, Texas      $5,000

Heber City, Utah      $5,000

Lake Delton, Wisconsin      $5,000

Oshkosh, Wisconsin      $5,000

Elkins, West Virginia      $5,000

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 throughout the United States—with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded $2,051,984 to 365 communities. 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, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. In addition to skaateparks, 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