Help Build A Skatepark In Watts

Posted: December 20, 2009

Tony Hawk Foundation announces latest skatepark Grant Awards.

Watts Youth

Help make the Watts Skatepark a reality.

The Tony Hawk Foundation Board of Directors has announced the recipients of its Fall 2009 Skatepark Grant Awards, as well as a special allocation to match, dollar-for-dollar, donations to the Watts Skatepark project in Los Angeles.

From the 52 applications submitted for this season's Grant Review Session, the Board of Directors selected fourteen from low-income communities across the U.S., and collectively awarded $130,000 to help build free, quality skateparks that will serve at-risk youth.

Fall 2009 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Recipients


$25,000
San Luis Obispo, California

$15,000
Mount Airy, North Carolina
Lyndonville, Vermont

$10,000
Aurora, Illinois
Brooklyn, New York
Wilmington, Ohio
Dormont Borough, Pennsylvania

$5,000
Estherville, Iowa
Lyons, Michigan
Mecosta, Michigan
Royalton, Minnesota
Commercial Township, New Jersey
Greenfield, Ohio
Martinsville, Virginia

Watts Park

The proposed skatepark plan for the Watts Towers site celebrates the landmark.

The Board also allocated $10,000 in matching funds for the Watts Skatepark project in Los Angeles. Through January 15, 2010 all donations made via skatewatts.org will be MATCHED by the Tony Hawk Foundation*. Having helped launch it in October, the Tony Hawk Foundation is also featuring the Watts Skatepark project during the Athletes For Hope Who Gives? Racing For A Cause challenge, a widely publicized fundraising event hosted by globalgiving.org/athletes-for-hope/.

With few alternatives to crime, gangs, and drugs, youth in the Watts community struggle daily to find healthy pastimes that can keep them engaged and active. Through this effort to build a free-quality public skatepark in Watts, the Tony Hawk Foundation is helping local youth realize their dream of a world-class skatepark.

Make a contribution during this limited campaign, and the impact of your donation will be DOUBLED. Visit skatewatts.org and support the youth of Watts today.

(*All donations made during the Who Gives? Racing For A Cause challenge December 15, 2009 through January 15, 2010 will be matched by the Tony Hawk Foundation, up to $10,000.)


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