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Check out our campaign video to learn how HHF programming has positively impacted the lives of long-time HHF mentor/coach Wade Yates and HHF Legacy Program participant Christian Alcantara.
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Today, Zoo York is releasing the second drop in its series of ZOO YORK x FOUNDERS capsule collections, created in collaboration with the brand’s founders, Rodney Smith, Eli Morgan Gesner and Adam Schatz. Earlier this year, the trio returned to the brand as creative directors.
The latest ZOO YORK x FOUNDERS release pays tribute to Harold, one of the Zoo Crew's original team members. To honor Harold’s memory, HHF will receive a portion of proceeds from the collection which is sold exclusively at ZooYork.com. Zoo has an ongoing relationship with the foundation, with Adam Schatz serving on the Board of Directors for more than a decade.
“Zoo York was such an important part of Harold’s life. We’re thrilled to be working with Zoo’s original management on a special collaboration honoring Harold’s legacy and benefiting HHF,” says Jessica Forsyth, Executive Director of the Harold Hunter Foundation.
The capsule consists of seven pieces, with most featuring archival photos of Harold accompanied by his legendary quotes. Key items include co-branded decks hand spray painted and signed by Eli Morgan Gesner, as well as short-sleeve and long-sleeve tees both emblazoned with Harold's image and the quote, “The little information I have, that’s what I know.” Additional items include a hoodie, beanie and waist bag, as well as a re-issue of a classic Zoo crewneck from 1995 with Harold’s name on the back.
To showcase the collection, Zoo York tapped AJ Rodriguez, a four-time recipient of HHF skate camp scholarships and a newly-minted member of the ZY skate team.
"It was a life-changing experience," says AJ Rodriguez about his time in California at HHF's summer camp program. "This mentally opens up kids' perspectives that these experiences even exist. You meet new friends and the socializing boosts your motivation to keep skating. Zoo York and its founders have carved such an important history and are so respected. It's an honor to be welcomed into the family."
ZOO YORK x FOUNDERS: DROP 002 is exclusively available online here.
On Thursday night, October 17, Vans hosted a special art/photo show at Artifact Gallery in NYC that benefited HHF programming.
MADE TOUGHER BY SKATEBOARDING featured a portrait series by Atiba Jefferson celebrating the Vans Drill Chore Coat with photos of John Cardiel, Amy Gunther, Nathan Fletcher, Geoff McFetridge, Jeff Han and Atiba Jefferson. In addition to photos, the participants designed custom Drill Chore Coats, each of which was auctioned off at the event with all proceeds donated to HHF.
There was a rad panel discussion hosted by Steve Rodriguez, and live performances by DJ Lloyd and Pretty Sick. Check out photos by Lauren June Kirsch.
ICONIC URBAN ART PIONEER PHASE 2 COLLABORATES WITH HAROLD HUNTER FOUNDATION ON LIMITED-EDITION SKATEBOARD DECK
The Harold Hunter Foundation is proud to announce it has teamed up with iconic urban art pioneer PHASE 2 on an exclusive artist series skateboard deck that will be available in limited quantities at select retailers and galleries starting October 1, 2019.
Only 100 hand-numbered decks are available. Manufactured by Long Island’s Chapman Skateboards, each screen-printed collector’s deck features PHASE 2’s vibrant collage-style artwork inspired by legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter and the city that fueled his many creative pursuits.
“We’re excited to be working with PHASE 2 on this project because he’s one of New York’s original style writers whose work helped shape a creative movement that’s inspired generations of artists around the world for the past forty years,” says Jessica Forsyth, Harold Hunter Foundation Co-Founder and Executive Director.
The limited-edition Harold Hunter Foundation x PHASE 2 collaborative decks are a philanthropic effort with 40% of proceeds donated to the foundation. Coinciding with the deck release, PHASE 2’s original hand-cut work-of-art that the deck graphics are based on is available for purchase exclusively at ACA Galleries 1932 located at 529 West 20th Street in Manhattan.
As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Harold Hunter Foundation relies on financial support from the skate community and related outlets to achieve its mission of using skateboarding as a vehicle to provide underserved youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness and the development of life skills. Charitable partnerships like PHASE 2 are vital to the long-term success of the foundation.
“When we were kids, we used to make skateboards with roller skates and 2x4s and ride on them around the block. As an art piece, I like the surface and shape of the pro boards,” says cultural icon PHASE 2. “With respect to Harold, who I knew through Zoo York in the ‘90s, I’ve been creating art in his honor since his passing. It’s super fitting to get this particular effort out to the masses not only as a tribute to him, but keeping his legacy alive as one of those super special and inspirational skaters of that time, for all time—one who any youth that aspires to be ‘that next one’ should be aware of.”
Harold Hunter Foundation x PHASE 2 limited-edition decks are available at Chapman Skateboards, ACA Galleries 1932, El Señor, Art Apple NYC, Eye Shut Island, and Mantis Lifestore.
ABOUT PHASE 2:
Born and raised in the Bronx, PHASE 2 is a first-generation New York City style writer and a founding father/primary instigator of the basic and wildest typography styles in the subway art movement of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Many of the initial components he introduced to the culture have become staples in its format worldwide. His signature “party fliers” played an important role in the spread of hip-hop culture throughout NYC and beyond, and he is among the very first aerosol artists to exhibit in galleries spanning the globe. He also played an integral role in the early days of break dancing and was instrumental in the formation of one of the most prolific B-boy crews ever assembled, which he named The New York City Breakers. From hip-hop fashion to iconic logos, PHASE 2’s global impact remains a guiding light for new generations of artists. Today, he continues on an unconventional, socially conscious path using creativity as his vehicle.
On Sunday, September 22, the 13th Annual HHF Bridgerun will be held to raise money for HHF's Skate Camp Scholarship program. Participants are welcome to run, walk, skate or bike the 5-mile route.
Check-in starts at 4:30pm on the rooftop of New Design High School located at 350 Grand Street in Manhattan (a bag check will be available at check-in). The run starts at 5:30pm.
Click here to register for Sunday's fun-run and after-party. When you register and make a suggested donation, you'll reserve a special edition Nike Dri-FIT event t-shirt designed by artist Curtis Kulig featuring a photo by Davide Sorrenti. T-shirts will be distributed at check-in based on advance registration.
The after-party will start at 7:00pm at the NYC Bridgerunners' HQ located at 67 Loisaida Avenue (Avenue C @ East 5th Street). Beer at the party will be provided by Radeberger Pilsner.
Photos courtesy of Paulsta Wong.
From July 7th-9th, HHF Legacy Program members Christian Alcantara and Jack Discon were two of just four NYC youth selected to fly to LA to participate in the first-annual Laureus Youth Leadership Summit, a conference dedicated to empowering young leaders and strengthening youth-serving programs.
"Sports brings everybody together no matter what nationality or social status," says Christian Alcantara. "If you play a sport, you're automatically a family with your teammates. That's what I really learned today and what I learn everyday when I skate."
Occurring the same week as the ESPYs and ESPN Humanitarian Awards, the Summit put youth voice at the forefront of the conversation as participants explored the role sport can play in building leaders. More than 200 athletes, executives, and young people from across the country shared their insights on how to best design programs that are informed by, and responsive to, the youth they serve. It was an extremely positive and rewarding experience for all involved.
"Being professional, how I carry myself, how I stand up and public speak, how I introduce myself to people... It's just an all-around life-changing experience," says Jack Discon about attending the conference.
Laureus Foundation, now HHF’s largest institutional supporter, recently provided HHF with a $40,000 capacity building grant to continue to refine and assess the design and impact of the Legacy Program and to support expansion of parallel fundraising efforts. HHF is honored and grateful to have the support of the Laureus Foundation.
To learn more about the Laureus Youth Leadership Summit, click here.
On July 17th, Beyond the Streets, the premier exhibition of graffiti and street art, hosted a charity event for the Harold Hunter Foundation at its Brooklyn event space. Hip hop artist Cam’ron emceed the event, which was attended by several hundred art lovers, skateboarders and HHF supporters.
Renowned skateboarder and artist Mark Gonzales created a line of limited edition, hand-painted basketballs specifically for the event. All proceeds from the sale of these one-of-a kind items supported HHF programming. Thanks, Gonz!
Beyond the Streets will remain open through September 29, 2019. Learn more and get tickets here. Photos courtesy of Angela Owens.
In late June, the Sheckler Foundation headed to Harlem to present the Harold Hunter Foundation with a $10,000 "Be the Change" grant. This was stop #3 of the Skate for a Cause Tour featuring Ryan Sheckler, Chaz Ortiz, Fabrizio Santos, Oakley, Red Bull and the extended HHF family and friends.
To learn more, please click here. Photos and video courtesy of the Sheckler Foundation.
The official HH Weekend recap video was filmed by HHF Filmer Project apprentices Muhammad Floyd, Gustavo Morla, Naquan Rollings, and AJ Prather along with mentors Ray Mendez and Mike Sassano, and edited by HHF Filmer Project mentor Andrey Piontkovski.
Another successful Harold Hunter Weekend went down from Thursday May 31 – Sunday June 2 in NYC. Many thanks to the support of presenting sponsor adidas Skateboarding and sponsors G-Shock, Zumiez, HUF, Zoo York, Skullcandy, Supreme, Dickies, Arizona, Labor, and KCDC, for an awesome line-up of 6 events over 4 days that raised more than $70,000 to support HHF programs for 2020.
The festivities took place across downtown New York City. Click here to check out Blair Alley’s coverage of the HH Day Skate Jam in TransWorld SKATEboarding.
This year’s Skate Industry Panel discussion hosted by G-Shock featured Leland Ware, Lee Smith, Leo Heinert, and German Nieves.
HHF once again subsidized entry fees for 21 local skaters to skate Boardr Am on Saturday. HHF Wildcard Division and Zumies Destroyer Award winner Jiro Platt will receive an all-expense paid trip to skate in the Empire Am in Montreal this summer.
The 13th annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam was held at LES skate park on Sunday afternoon. Winners of the Best Trick contests include:
1st Place - Brian O'Dwyer - Front Feeble
2nd Place - Greyson Beal - Kickflip Frontside Wallride
3rd Place - Brandon White - Blunt Nosegrab to Fakie
Adidas Cellar Door
1st Place - Greyson Beal - Kickflip Wallride
2nd Place - Dylan Nieves - Frontside Wall Ride
3rd Place - Chirs Colbourn - Wallride shuvit
Adidas Spine Ramp
1st Place - Chris Colbourn - Pop-shuvit nosegrind backside 180
2nd Place - Greyson Beal - Kickflilp Frontboard shuvit
3rd Place - Austin O'Brian - Kickflip Crook
Zumiez Destroyer Award – Dylan Nieves
Keep scrolling to check out a bunch of photos from the weekend’s events.
Photos by Muhammad Floyd and Bradley Afroilan
Photos by Muhammad Floyd
Photos by Chris McDonald
Photos by Cesar Chaplin
Photos by Bradley Afroilan
Photos by Los Estrada
Photos by Gunars Elmuts
Photos by Blair Alley
Photos by Los Estrada
HAROLD HUNTER FOUNDATION, ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING AND FRIENDS TO HOST SERIES OF SKATEBOARDING-RELATED EVENTS IN NYC FROM MAY 30 – JUNE 2
NEW YORK, NY – May 15, 2019 – The Harold Hunter Foundation, in association with title sponsor adidas Skateboarding, and primary sponsors G-Shock and Zumiez, is proud to announce it will host a series of skateboarding-related events in New York City from Thursday, May 30 through Sunday, June 2. Now in its thirteenth year, the festivities will once again comprise an extended “Harold Hunter Weekend” of special events, including skate contests, jams, parties, live music, and a panel discussion, that celebrate skateboarding culture and community, and NYC.
The 2019 Harold Hunter Weekend will take place at multiple locations across downtown New York City kicking off with the launch of a special HUF x HHF capsule collection and culminating with the thirteenth annual Harold Hunter Day Skate Jam at Coleman Oval skate park on Sunday afternoon.
“New York is an extremely important city for skateboarding and adidas is committed to helping serve the community there through our ongoing partnership with The Harold Hunter Foundation,” says Cullen Poythress, Senior Communications Manager for adidas Skateboarding.
Longtime HHF restaurant partner Sweet Chick will once again fuel the festivities for the entire month of June via it’s annual Harold-inspired dish with a portion of proceeds to benefit the foundation. Available at all five Sweet Chick locations (Manhattan, Williamsburg, Prospect Heights, Queens, and Los Angeles), the “Harold Special”, available from June 1-30, will feature Boonkie Drumsticks & Sweet Corn Waffles (named after Harold’s beloved dog “Boonkie”), side of string beans, and Harold’s Lemonade (fresh-squeezed lemonade mixed with Harold’s whiskey of choice, Jack Daniel’s).
Following is an overview of HH Weekend events and collaborations that will benefit the Harold Hunter Foundation:
THURSDAY, MAY 30
HUF x HHF capsule release party at the HUF NYC Store (125 Crosby Street, Manhattan)
A party to celebrate the release of a limited edition HUF x HHF product capsule featuring co-branded socks, tees, and a hoodie which will be available on the HUF website, at the HUF NYC and LA stores, and at retailers nationwide with proceeds to benefit the foundation.
FRIDAY, MAY 31
Panel Discussion hosted by HHF, G-Shock, adidas Skateboarding, and The Boarder
Amateur skaters competing in the HHF Wildcard Contest division of Boardr Am and participants of the HHF Legacy program will learn about the ins and outs of working in the skateboarding industry from a panel of industry veterans (private invite-only event)
SATURDAY, JUNE 1
Boardr Am featuring the fourth-annual HHF Wildcard Contest (Coleman Oval/LES Skatepark, Manhattan)
Boardr Am is a top amateur skate contest drawing skaters from around the world. HHF subsidizes entry fees for up to 20 local skaters in the HHF Wildcard division. Both the overall winner of Boardr Am and the winner of the HHF Wildcard division will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the finals at the Empire Open contest in Montreal, Canada
HUF Team Demo/Skate Jam (12th & A)
Skate jam at 12th and A featuring a demo by the HUF team and new box and ramps.
Harold Hunter Edition of SKATE NIGHT NYC Hosted by adidas Skateboarding (Max Fish 120 Orchard Street)
adidas Skateboarding and Max Fish present a special Harold Hunter edition of the bar’s famous Skate Night NYC featuring discounted drinks, Harold Hunter Trivia, games, prizes, and a special Harold Hunter Remix edit created by RB Umali with live music from local skate rock acts Witchslap and Matalleg.
SUNDAY, JUNE 2
Harold Hunter Day XIII Skate Jam (Coleman Oval/LES Skatepark, Manhattan)
All-ages skate jam featuring pop-up “Best Trick” contests on custom build obstacles in the park with cash prizes, a live DJ, and a massive product toss. Following the session at LES will be a cross-city skate mission with the adidas team hitting some of NYC’s most famous skate spots along the way for additional best trick events for cash and bragging rights.
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Harold Hunter Foundation
The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a grassroots, community-based organization that provides support, opportunity, and advocacy for skateboarders in NYC and beyond.