If you grew up in the 90’s,
there is no way you don’t know Tony Hawk. The legendary skateboarder not
only innovated the sport (looking at you, 900) but has a video game
series to which spoke to a whole new crowd of people. In 2002, he also
established the Tony Hawk Foundation to promote healthy, active lifestyle through skateboarding.
THF recently funded a study of skateboarding culture. The key findings from the study include:
- Skateboarding improves mental health
- Skateboarding and skateparks build a sense of community
- Skateboarding encourages resilience
- The importance of race and gender: while skaters of color feel safer within the skateboarding community than in everyday context, female skaters still feel judged in both contexts.
Other research has also proven how skateboarding can help deal with trauma.
benefits of skateboarding are continuously expressed by our NGO
partners, and with some of them working with refugees and other at-risk
youth who have experienced unspeakable hardships, we choose to support
social skate projects specifically because it makes a difference.