The Tony Hawk Foundation is the only national organization focused solely on empowering at-risk youth and improving disadvantaged communities through the development of public skateboard parks. The Foundation’s work has been a driving force in overcoming negative stereotypes associated with the sport in which youth skateboarders are at times banned, fined and criminalized for practicing the sport they love. Since 2002, THF has implemented youth development and leadership training, resulting in the creation of 537 public skateparks in all 50 states. These skateparks collectively service more than 4.6-million youth annually and represent $91-million dollars in leveraged parks-and-recreation community improvements across the U.S.
"For us to receive the Steve Patterson Award is a huge validation of our years of work," said Hawk. "It really puts us on the radar of bigger philanthropy, and we are hugely proud of it. It definitely gives my staff the recognition they deserve."