Helmets And Skateparks For All

Posted: September 9, 2011

Tony Hawk Foundation launches helmet program and announces latest grants to build skateparks.

Youth from Long Beach, California received new helmets from the Tony Hawk Foundation Donate A Skate program, which equips kids with new helmets and skateboards. Photo courtesy of ASK Long Beach.

9/9/11 (Vista, CA) – The Tony Hawk Foundation has launched a new initiative to complement its skatepark-grant program and help kids skate safe. The program will put helmets on heads at the more than 400 skateparks the foundation has helped to open across the U.S. And after reviewing dozens of projects, the THF Board Of Directors also announced the latest recipients of grants to help build public skateparks.

The Donate A Skate helmet-and-board program distributes skateboards and helmets to youth in communities where the foundation has helped to open a skatepark. With the goal of encouraging young skaters to use the skateparks safely, and to reach those youth whose families could not otherwise afford the equipment, to-date the foundation has distributed over 400 helmets and 200 skateboards to youth at skateparks that received Tony Hawk Foundation grants.

The Donate A Skate program is funded through donations from Birdhouse Skateboards, Bell Helmets, and individuals who make contributions through the foundation’s Web site. To help THF equip kids with new helmets and skateboards, make a donation at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

In addition to this new initiative, the foundation’s decade of skatepark development continues with the announcement of the latest communities to receive grants to help fund their projects. With the economy causing cuts or delays to many public projects, it was reassuring to see dozens of skatepark efforts active and applying for a THF grant over the Summer. Ultimately the Board Of Directors chose twelve projects, awarding a total of $100,000.

Summer 2011 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants

Antelope, South Dakota

Fort Hall, Idaho
Gold Hill, Oregon
Marquette, Michigan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Francisco, California
Sisters, Oregon

Brattleboro, Vermont
Lovington, Illinois
Monte Rio, California
Titonka, Iowa
Two Harbors, Minnesota

The Board also elected to change the longstanding policy limiting the number of times a community may apply for a THF Grant. Previously, communities could not apply more than twice, but under the new policy they may continue to apply if they have not previously been awarded a grant. The goal is to encourage skatepark projects that are very close to meeting THF Grant criteria to continue improving their plans. Communities that have already applied twice and were informed that they are no longer eligible to apply for THF grants may now submit new applications.

The next deadline to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grant is February 1, 2012. The online application will be available in January. Details are online at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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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 $3,972,350 to 493 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 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.standupforskateparks.org.

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