By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Tony Hawk has been involved in the skateboarding scene for over 20 years now and has grown to become one of the most acclaimed and beloved personalities in skateboarding. He has always shown his interest in promoting the discipline around the world and proves it by all the great projects the THF (Tony Hawk Foundation) has completed over the years.
This time Plainville, a city in Gordon County, Georgia, is one of the many small towns that have been granted aid from the THF to be able to finish a skatepark. $5,000 were given by the foundation, along with advice and guidance from foundation runners that states that this particular part of the United States has fewer quality parks and that this one needs to be built properly and to modern skateboarding standards!
Plainville Skatepark Needs Your Help
Photo: Perry Grone (Unsplash)
Jason Everts, main figure leading the project and the Public Skatepark Advocacy Group of the county explains the park will be focused on street skating, larger ramps, and many other popular obstacles are in the plans. However, Everts explains that there is still more funds needed to complete the budget which is being completed through the help of the community and several other entities promoting the construction of the park. Jason says that the THF grant was a big step to achieve the goal, and they are closer now than ever! Anyone who would like to contribute to the project can contact the Public Skatepark Advocacy Group at 770-877-1527.
The Tony Hawk Foundation
In 2002 the THF was born, Tony financed the organization from his own pocket and assembled a board of directors that represent a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise to bring to his cause, they are all striving for the general improvement of society and supporting and empowering youth through skateboarding.
Special events, grants, and technical assistance for the support of recreational programs focusing on the creation of public skateboard parks in low-income communities, not only in the US but also overseas. The Foundation favors projects that have strong community involvement, and a base of support from skaters, parents, law enforcement, and local leaders.
The foundation has awarded over $9-million to help create public skateparks, over 623 projects in all 50 states have received funding and over six million visitors annually enjoy the parks that were funded by these guys!
How Could Your Community Benefit?
If you are a community leader or know one and want to apply for a grant from the THF, there are a few steps to follow to complete the process. First you will need to fill out an online questionnaire with all of the information required which you can find on the THF website, hard paperwork also needs to be sent out to their headquarters.
Keep in mind that to have your skatepark project considered for a grant, it is important that you present the most accurate, up-to-date information and If your organization or project has already received a grant greater than $1,000, the project will NOT be eligible to apply for a second time.
There you have it my dudes and dudettes! More and more help is coming from all sources to satisfy the world's crazy needs for skateboarding! We invite you to do it as well in your community, all big and small actions matter to keep this SHIT® going for another 100 years and skate our way into the future!
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