$50,000 grant from champion skateboarder’s charity to support youth in Cambodia, South Africa, and Afghanistan.
Vista, CA (October 10, 2018) — The Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded international youth charity Skateistan a $50,000 grant to support the organization’s skateboarding and educational programs. Skateistan operates five schools in South Africa, Cambodia, and Afghanistan, and combines skateboarding instruction with core subjects to inspire youth to learn and to be active.
This is the second grant awarded to Skateistan by the Tony Hawk Foundation. The first was a $100,000 gift in 2015 and represented the launch of THF’s International Program. The current grant renews the foundation’s commitment to enriching the lives of youth through skateboarding, both in the U.S. and abroad.
“We’re proud to continue our support for Skateistan,” said Tony Hawk, who also serves on Skateistan’s Global Advisory Board. “Knowing what they’ve achieved, and seeing what they have planned, I am confident they will bring skateboarding and educational services to even more at-risk youth around the world. It’s an honor to be an avocation of their incredible work”
Skateistan was founded in 2007, when Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich brought a set of skateboards to Kabul, Afghanistan. What began as impromptu skate lessons on the slopes of an empty fountain has grown into an internationally recognized NGO, with its headquarters in Berlin, Germany and locations on three other continents. The organization has been recognized for its work by UNICEF, Ashoka, and the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, and Skateistan students have spoken at the Afghan Parliament, UN events, and several international conferences, including events in Italy, UAE, and South Korea.
“With this support from THF, Skateistan continues to expand our free education and skateboarding programs to the children we serve,” said Skateistan Programs Director Talia Kaufman. “We believe change comes when children are encouraged to make a difference in their own communities. Empowering communities is the best way to have a long-lasting impact, and we are grateful for this continuation of support that allows our students to imagine and live out brighter futures.”
Skateistan continues to expand its free services to children in some of the most challenging places on Earth, through its programs, and assisting other youth-serving organizations. The universal appeal of skateboarding for young people is evident in the enthusiasm of students across the Skateistan campuses, where many students are living with disabilities, and, in some locations, more than fifty percent of students are girls. Skateboarding will also debut as an Olympic sport at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Tony Hawk Foundation
A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. THF promotes and provides advocacy training and funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States that promote healthy, active lifestyles, and to International programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.
Domestically, the Foundation’s Skatepark Grant program has awarded over $7.4-million to 609 communities in all 50 States. 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 Foundation’s International Program has provided technical support and awarded $150,000 to assist youth through the Skateistan educational programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa (www.skateistan.org).
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. For more information, visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.skatepark.org. You can also visit THF on facebook and Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation, and on Twitter @THF.