Stand Up for Skateparks: Tony Hawk Foundation to raise funds for LB’s McBride Skatepark

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Tony Hawk, still king of the ramp, selected McBride Skatepark in Long Beach as a beneficiary of Stand Up for Skateparks 2010. Photo by Jody Morris.

The Tony Hawk Foundation has chosen Long Beach’s’ McBride Skatepark as the pledge-drive beneficiary for its annual “Tony Hawk: SHRED Presents Stand Up for Skateparks” fundraiser in Beverly Hills, October 17.

The exclusive, family-centric, action-sports carnival will feature music performances and Vert Demos, with the icons of skateboarding and BMX on Hawk’s personal ramp. Proceeds help empower at-risk youth through the creation of free, quality, public skateparks in low-income communities across the United States.

At Tony Hawk: SHRED Presents Stand Up for Skateparks, Long Beach’s McBride Skatepark project will be presented during a special Pledge Drive, when Hawk will ask attendees to join him in supporting the project. In Past years, similar pledge drives have raised between $50,000 and $80,000 for individual projects.

“We are honored and excited that the Tony Hawk Foundation has chosen McBride Skatepark,” said 6th District Councilmember Dee Andrews. “The additional funding will allow us to provide a world-class skate park for the community. Helping us give kids an alternative to the streets is what the project is all about. With the Tony Hawk Foundation in the mix we have the opportunity to create even more energy, excitement and pride from the kids and the community involved in the skatepark.”

“This is a huge and unexpected honor,” said former councilman Mike Donelon, founder of the Long Beach Skatepark Program. “THF has been more than generous with their time and giving us skateboard decks, wheels, clothes and other items for our raffles and give aways to the kids. The selection of Long Beach speaks volumes for our Mayor, City Council, and our Parks, Recreation and Marine Department’s support of skateparks and most importantly, the kids that ride them.”

Donelon, who has worked with the Tony Hawk Foundation for many years, was brought in by Councilman Andrews last year to help facilitate the design and engage local youth and pro’s in the design of the 10,000 square-foot skatepark.

“Long Beach recognizes that skateparks work,” Donelon added. “They are a deterrent to gangs and give our at risk youth an alternative to the streets.”

“Long Beach has a strong history in supporting youth who choose skateboarding and BMX as their sports of choice, ” said Tony Hawk Foundation Executive Director Miki Vuckovich. “Over a decade ago the city’s leaders took the initiative to provide these safe havens for kids to go , ride, and remain engaged in something positive and healthy. Tony and our Board of Directors is proud to have the opportunity to share Long Beach’s story and show our support in this way.”

Tony Hawk: SHRED Presents Stand Up for Skateparks will be held at a private estate in Beverly Hills on, Oct. 17. Councilman Andrews and Donelon will be hosting a group of kids at the exclusive event, compliments of the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Since 2002 the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded $3.2 million dollars to help build 463 skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. For more information on the Tony Hawk Foundation and Tony Hawk: SHRED Presents Stand Up for Skateparks go to tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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