Letter From The Founder


Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk

2011 was a successful year in our ongoing mission to help provide quality public skateparks to low-income areas, but there is still plenty of work to be done. We are up to the challenge, and our staff is more experienced and focused than ever. Their passion is contagious.

“The skateparks in high-risk areas that we have helped to fund are thriving—they offer kids a safe place to go and something to do that gives them a sense of self-esteem they may never find anywhere else.”

The skateparks in high-risk areas that we have helped to fund are thriving—they offer kids a safe place to go and something to do that gives them a sense of self-esteem they may never find anywhere else. This is especially true when the kids that have been championing their own park are validated with a grant and resources from THF. Once communities get their first park, they almost always seek to build more because they realize the enduring positive effects they have on kids. And the parks are busy from dawn to dusk.

Our annual fundraising events just keep growing. In 2011, sold-out crowds attended the eighth-annual DaGeDar Presents Stand Up for Skateparks signature benefits in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas. Celebrities, athletes, fans, and friends of the Tony Hawk Foundation came to see a vert demo with me and an A-list of skate and BMX pros riding my personal ramp, and amazing musical performances by The Black Keys and THF Board Member Ben Harper.

Tony helps open the Compton, California skatepark

Tony helps open the Compton, California skatepark,
which THF helped fund.

With our help, skateparks are growing steadily in numbers, but we still need plenty more of them, built correctly, and located in communities where kids are most at-risk. We are committed to helping those in need more than ever before, and our staff is an encyclopedia of knowledge on the process, resources, and benefits of building free, public skateparks in areas where they are needed most.

See you at the skatepark!

Tony Hawk Signature

Board of Directors

Staff

  • Miki Vuckovich, Executive Director
  • Kim Novick, Development Director
  • Peter Whitley, Programs Director
  • Lily Schwimmer, Strategic Partnerships

Grant Testmonials

“This award is the most important commitment to the realization of our rural area skatepark, and is the catalyst for calling upon the many smaller pledges promised in our area. Our most heartfelt thanks to the Tony Hawk Foundation for your contribution to our community youth renewal effort. We are about to realize a two-year effort.”

—Pastor Ken Brumfield, Poteet, Texas
$10,000 grant recipient

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Public Skatepark Development Guide

Public Skatepark Development Guide
Second Edition Released!

The Public Skatepark Development Guide, the indispensable handbook for public-skatepark advocates, is now available in an updated and improved second edition. First published in 2007 by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the International Association of Skateboard Companies, the ultimate guide for community-skatepark advocates was available for free, and supplies quickly disappeared. The new 128-page second edition features updated information and expanded chapters, including skatepark vision, advocacy, fundraising, design, and management, plus several supplements and visual aids.

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