Las Vegas Debut Of SUFS A Success

Posted: November 7, 2009

Tony Hawk Foundation benefit achieves fundraising goal to assist East Las Vegas skatepark.

Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald

Tony Hawk and Andy Macdonald spin simultaneous 540s during the Vert Demo at Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks at the Wynn Las Vegas.

Skaters in East Las Vegas will see an improved public skatepark in their neighborhood, thanks to the success of the inaugural Tony Hawk: RIDE Presents Stand Up For Skateparks benefit at the Wynn Las Vegas. One year in the making, the signature benefit event has established a second home, as the Las Vegas debut surpassed expectations by raising over $630,000 to help the Tony Hawk Foundation pursue its mission to bring free, quality public skateparks to low-income areas across the country.

Held at the Wynn Las Vegas, Tony's personal ramp was set on top of one of the resort's swimming pools, with the rest of the area built into a family-centric action-sports carnival with games, food, activities, a special musical performance by Rancid, and a Vert Demo with Tony and skaters Andy Macdonald, Bucky Lasek, Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, and Kevin Staab, plus BMX pros Jamie Bestwick, Simon Tabron, and Dennis McCoy.

Several of Tony's celebrity friends also attended, including Andre Agassi, Erik Estrada, BMX legend Mat Hoffman, T.J. Lavin, Holly Madison, Sal Masekela, UFC fighters Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir and Gray Maynard, Aubrey O’Day, and Dana White.

During a special Pledge Drive, Tony Hawk and event Guests pledged over $78,000 to make improvements to Freedom Skatepark in East Las Vegas, a neighborhood challenged by high crime and poverty. Working with local skaters, plus professional skatepark designers and builders, the Tony Hawk Foundation will use the funds to add a street plaza to the existing but modest Freedom Skatepark.

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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