HHF IS GROWING
As we launch our 2021 programs season, we are transitioning to a new community outreach model of our Legacy Program, designed to be responsive to emerging community needs and expand HHF’s reach and impact in the skate community via informal skate sessions, one-on-one support, work and life skills workshops, mutual aid initiatives, and outreach events.
We have made a major investment in HHF infrastructure by adding 6 new Coach/Mentors and a Community Outreach Coordinator via continued essential support from Up2Us Sports’ AmeriCorps Coach and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) programs, as well as a Social Worker and new Director of Programs. We are extremely proud that each of these positions is held by a passionate NYC skateboarder.
HHF PROGRAMS LEADERSHIP TEAM:
HHF Coach/Mentors are credible messengers from within the skateboarding community who have deep lived experience with the challenges our youth face. Under the supervision of our Social Worker, they act as skatepark stewards, provide case management, mentorship, and psychosocial support; connect youth/young adult skateboarders with resources and opportunities; and recruit them into more structured workforce readiness and youth development programs. They receive training in ethics, mental health first aid/crisis intervention, trauma-informed coaching, suicide prevention, peer counseling, case management, restorative justice practices, and bystander intervention.
A sincere thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate Harold’s 47th Birthday on April 2nd by purchasing a limited-edition “Collector’s Deck” designed by Seth Neary featuring classic Harold photos by Gunars Elmuts. The decks sold out in just 5-hours with all proceeds supporting HHF programming.
A handful of Element x HHF “Legends Never Die” decks are still available exclusively through Element’s website. This charitable deck is part of a larger year-long Element partnership that will result in a series of collaborative HHF initiatives supporting NYC youth by leveraging skateboarding, art, sustainability, and professional development.
Couch Curbs, run by Willy Santos, recently launched an artist series collaboration with skate icon Chris “Dune” Pastras. The anti-racism themed collection is available on the Couch Curbs website and includes a t-shirt, dad hat, and screen-printed red curb pillow for your couch. A portion of proceeds will be donated to HHF.
USA Skateboarding has teamed up with artist Henry Jones on a limited-edition product capsule in an effort to fight racism. Available for purchase here, the collection features a deck, hat, t-shirt, griptape, stickers, and mug. 10% of net proceeds will be donated to HHF. Plus, all orders support Team USA on the road to Tokyo 2021.
We have a lot planned over the coming months. Without the continued support of the HHF community, none of it would be possible. THANK YOU for your support!
We're stoked to officially kick-off our 2021 partnership with Element Skateboards today on Skate Shop Day. A special “Legends Never Die” gold foil deck (8.25”) is now available in limited quantities at select skate shops with proceeds benefiting HHF.
Shops carrying the charitable deck include: Labor, KCDC, Skate Brooklyn, Substance, Supreme Brooklyn, Uncle Funkys, 2ntr, Station RBNY, NJ, Theory, Old Skull, Kinetic, Vu, Plus, Black Sheep, No Comply, Familia, Subsect, Uprise, 303, Satellite, Cowtown, Brooklyn Projects, FTC, Tactics, and 35th North.
Huge shout out to Donny Barley and Brandon Westgate for hand-delivering collab decks to the NY/NJ shops during yesterday's snowstorm. These dudes are down for the cause and just straight up rule—but everyone knows that!
The Element x HHF deck is also available on Element's website. Click here to buy yours now. #LegendsNeverDie
Over the past thirty years, Element Skateboards has made it a point to be a positive force within skateboarding as well as being “conscious by nature,” supporting both social and environmental responsibility. Given the many challenges of 2020, Element was compelled to do more.
This year, as part of the brand’s efforts to promote more diversity and inclusivity within skateboarding, Element is proud to join forces with the non-profit Harold Hunter Foundation. The union will result in a series of collaborative initiatives throughout 2021 that will support NYC youth by leveraging skateboarding, art, sustainability, and professional development.
“HHF has worked with Element for many years, including sending HHF skaters to Element’s skate camps where they learned valuable life lessons and experienced nature and a world beyond NYC,” said Ray Mendez, HHF Creative Director and AmeriCorps VISTA. “HHF is now in its 15th year of serving NYC youth. We’ve seen first-hand that skateboarding has the power to transform lives, and we’re extremely grateful for Element’s support as we continue with our mission.”
Professional development will be a strong focus for Element and HHF in the year ahead. Creating inspiring mentorships and unique learning experiences for the HHF community will allow them to dream bigger. It’s not necessarily about becoming a professional skateboarder—the real goal is to expose NYC youth to new ideas and expanded possibilities by connecting them with Element team riders, staff, and industry veterans they normally wouldn’t have access to.
“It’s really important for these kids to know they aren’t alone,” said Donny Barley, Element Sales Rep and former Element Pro. “The goal is to listen and brainstorm together on what a future career path could look like—whatever that may be for each individual we’re working with.”
Video produced by Parlour Productions.
With 2021 now in full swing, we wanted to take a moment to reflect upon our many accomplishments in 2020 despite the formidable challenges we all faced.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Harold Hunter Foundation relies on financial support from the community to execute a variety of youth-focused programming that positively impacts the lives of NYC skateboarders.
We are proud to say that, thanks to the support of many wonderful donors and friends, HHF was able to successfully navigate the difficulties of 2020 and is well positioned for 2021.
In 2020, HHF raised a total of $267,093 as well as invaluable in-kind support. This support came from a variety of sources, including:
The support we received in 2020 enabled us to work directly with more than 150 NYC skateboarders. Programming focused on pandemic safety, voting rights and registration, handling police encounters, racial injustice, community service, workforce readiness, LGBTQ+ rights, and female empowerment.
In the year ahead, we are making a major investment in HHF infrastructure by growing our Programs Team from 4 to 9 individuals, including adding 4 new Coach/Mentors and a Community Outreach Coordinator via continued essential support from Up2Us Sports’ AmeriCorps Coach and Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) programs, as well as a Social Worker and a new Director of Programs. We are proud that every one of these positions will be held by passionate, committed skateboarders from the NYC skate community.
Our expanded Programs Team will help us to:
2021 is going to be a very exciting year, and it simply would not be possible without the support of our incredible HHF community. Thank you!
Photos by Cole Giordano.
The good folks at Pindejo recently dropped a super rad Harold-inspired enamel pin based on Giovanni Reda's classic HH photo.
Proceeds from the sale of this limited-edition pin will be donated to the Harold Hunter Foundation. Click here to get yours while supplies last.
Bart Hunter? Harold Simpson? Not sure, but it’s 🔥🔥🔥
We’re hyped to announce TACTICS just dropped their limited-edition “Push Equality” capsule featuring artwork by Jerome McCaskill II. 100% of profits will be donated to the Harold Hunter Foundation. Purchase a collab tee and/or hoodie now to show your support for equality and inclusion in skateboarding and beyond.
Our friends at USA Skateboarding are proud to present a collaborative product capsule featuring custom artwork by Henry Jones.
The anti-racism themed collection features a deck, tee, hat, griptape, stickers, and mug. 10% of net proceeds will be donated to the Harold Hunter Foundation and Stoked Mentoring.
Click here to order now and support HHF, Stoked, and the USA Skateboarding team on their road to Tokyo 2021.
Today we celebrate Giving Tuesday -- the annual generosity movement that unleashes the power of people and organizations to transform communities both locally and around the world.
With the many challenges of the pandemic, 2020 is certainly much different than past years. If you're in a position to make a tax-deductible donation, we welcome your support. Every dollar counts!
You can also support HHF when you shop on Amazon via the AmazonSmile charitable platform. Click here to select the Harold Hunter Foundation as your charity of choice and, when you shop like you normally do, Amazon will donate a percentage of each purchase to HHF -- at no cost to you.
If you primarily shop via the Amazon mobile app, you can still support HHF. Click here for instructions on how to turn on AmazonSmile in the mobile app. In just a few simple steps, every purchase you make will support HHF!
From all of us at the Harold Hunter Foundation, we sincerely thank you for your support and wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!
As we transition to this new season, we wanted to take a moment to reflect upon our many accomplishments in 2020 despite the formidable challenges of the pandemic and social upheaval. Here’s some of what we accomplished over the summer and early fall:
As NYC started to re-open, HHF coaches began to circulate through skateparks to check-in and reconnect with HHF skaters and skaters in the greater NYC community.
We launched a community-based participatory research project to identify program priorities and allow us to be responsive to emerging needs in the community arising due to the changing conditions on the ground.
As part of our HHF for the People initiative, we led seven Community Meetings and Workshops via Zoom providing support, info, expertise, and an opportunity for the community to connect around issues such as COVID-19, Voting Rights, and Dealing with Encounters with the Police.
HHF coaches and the NYC skate community banded together for a day of service in support of the Brooklyn Skate Garden and Pablo Ramirez Foundation. Dozens of volunteers cleaned up Golconda Skatepark, which included a horticulture workshop.
We launched a pilot of the HHF x NikeLab Workforce Readiness Program, which provides an opportunity for NYC skaters to connect, network, and participate in hard and soft skills training led by skaters who work throughout various divisions of Nike. The program's overarching goal is to prepare participants for success in the job market.
HHF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
We sponsored and helped organize a series of Voter Registration Events at Tompkins Square Park on September 22nd and 29th, and October 6th.
The HHF team provided logistical support, including securing medics, for a community-led Skaters for Black Lives protest march.
We provided volunteers, financial, and logistical support to Skater Intervention, a community-led event that created conversation within the NYC skate community about sexual abuse, supporting survivors, promoting equality, and making women feel respected within skateboarding.
We supported The People's Youth Hangout, an event focused on empowering youth to realize they can make a positive impact on a local and national level. Live music, poetry, and art workshops were combined with a youth-led march in support of social justice in the heart of NYC.
On October 17th, HHF was proud to support Brooklyn Skate Garden's “Life is Beautiful” skatepark mural project in support of the Pablo Ramirez Foundation. The community-driven event featured painting, skateboarding, gardening, and music.
For the fifth year, we launched a limited-edition collaboration with HUF that benefits the Harold Hunter Foundation. Special thanks to HHF skaters Jack Discon and Joel Glanville who were featured in campaign photos. Click here to shop now and support HHF programming. RIP Keith Hufnagel.
On November 7th, the inaugural Bronx Girls Skate Session was held at River Avenue Skatepark (157). The all-ages event celebrated and promoted the growth and diversity of the Bronx skateboarding scene. It featured a beginner's skate clinic, game of S.K.A.T.E., food, refreshments, raffle, and more.
We’re proud to say that, thanks to the support of many wonderful donors and friends, HHF has weathered this difficult, unprecedented year, and remains strong.
Thank you for your continued support!
On November 7th, the inaugural Bronx Girls Skate Session was held at River Avenue Skatepark (157). Hosted by Bronx natives Kava and Mel, the all-ages event celebrated and promoted the growth and diversity of the Bronx skateboarding scene. It featured a beginner's skate clinic, game of S.K.A.T.E., food, raffle, and more.
Huge thanks to all the skaters who rolled out to show support, as well as the many sponsors who helped make it happen. Extra special thanks to Dickies and Deluxe for their ongoing support of HHF.
Wrap-up video by Parlour Productions.
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.