For the past decade the Tony Hawk Foundation has been working hard to bring public skateparks to at-risk youth. Since the Foundation was established, over $4.5 million has been awarded to over 537 communities in all 50 states! This year’s Tony Hawk’s Stand Up For Skateparks raised $860,000, including $20,000 to help complete a skatepark in Detroit, Michigan.
“Ten years ago, we started Stand Up For Skateparks in a bowling alley for an event that was attended by a few hundred people and was mostly met with curiosity,” said Tony Hawk. “Today, I am honored and humbled to see how the event has grown. It has become a staple for top-notch sponsors, celebrities, and athletes who support the Foundation’s mission to provide free, quality skateparks in low-income communities. Their support brings awareness to the need for positive outlets for kids in these communities, and it truly makes a difference. I am beyond grateful.”
The event featured a Vert Demo with Tony and other skateboarding and BMX icons, along with a performance by Modest Mouse. Among those in attendance were: Tony Hawk, Mat Hoffman, Andy MacDonald, Tony Alva, Kevin Staab, Rodney Mullen, Bill Walton, Jon Favreau, Jason Lee, Chuck Liddell, Fred Durst, Ben Harper, Willie Garson, Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla, Mitchie Brusco, Eve, Lauren Potter, Olivia Holt, DJ Skribble and more!