As we roll into a brand-new year (and decade!), we wanted to take a moment to reflect on everything that went down in 2019. It was a very exciting year!
With backing from the extended HHF community, 2019 marked the second year of the HHF Legacy Program. Once again, a group of 40 NYC skaters were connected with three coach-mentors trained through the Up2Us Sports Coach Across America program for 7-months of weekly skate sessions, 10 life-skills workshops, on-going support and mentorship, and enrichment activities--culminating in our annual week-long trip to Camp Woodward.
In addition, with the support of adidas Skateboarding, we hosted another successful Harold Hunter Weekend and teamed up with Beyond the Streets for a unique fundraiser featuring custom artwork by Mark Gonzales; we launched an online store with limited-edition HHF products; we sent two HHF Legacy Program members to participate in the inaugural Laureus Youth Leadership Summit in LA; we received a grant from the Sheckler Foundation; we hit the streets for the 13th Annual HHF Bridgerun; and HHF Executive Director, Jessica Forsyth, was invited to speak at the 2nd Annual Pushing Boarders conference in Sweden.
Other highlights included releasing an artist series skateboard deck with legendary urban art pioneer PHASE2 (sadly, this was his final collab ever; he passed away in December); collaborating with Zoo York--now under Old Management--on their second Zoo York x Founders capsule collection; and executing an extremely successful Crowdfunding Campaign where we not only reached our goal, but exceeded it!
Harold Hunter Foundation programs continue to have a deep impact on our youth, as they become part of a positive peer group where they receive guidance and support from credible messengers. Impact data found that 93% of HHF participants made gains in targeted social emotional learning outcomes, with the greatest gains in developing a sense of positive self-identity, enhancing social skills such as empathy, and expanding social capital.
We are very proud of our progress and success to date. As always, thank you for your interest in and support of HHF. We look forward to bringing you more good news in 2020 and beyond!
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.