Tony Hawk: Boards & Bands
Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper have come together to create a unique opportunity for professional skateboarders and iconic musicians to raise significant funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and raise awareness for the need for positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.
Inspired by Ben Harper, a member of the Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors and advocate for public skateparks, this fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music.
A select group of Professional Skateboarders were invited to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Their boards were then sent to their favorite musicians with one simple message: “Please write the lyrics to my favorite song on this skateboard, and we’ll use it to create more skateparks for kids.” The chosen musicians have hand-written the lyrics on these one-of-a-kind skateboards, which will be auctioned on eBay this Fall to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Funds raised through this effort will support at-risk youth through the creation of public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. These free, public skateparks are safe, sanctioned places for youth to come together, form communities, and practice the sport they love in a healthy environment.
These unique skateboards will be on display at the GRAMMY Museum (www.grammymuseum.org) in downtown Los Angeles, California from the launch on December 3 through the duration of the auction.
Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Ben Harper, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Cliff, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and James Hetfield of Metallica have all hand-written the lyrics on these one-of-a-kind skateboards, which will be auctioned on eBay to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.
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