In celebration of International Women's Day, HHF Coach, Jae Leanne, held their first event of the year at Vans Space 198 on March 28th. This jam was open to all women and lgbtqia+ identifying skaters with an emphasis on bipoc skaters.
This session was in collaboration with CAMBA and BKLYN_YAS in an effort to expand the world of skate resources for the non traditional scene.
On March 16th, Real Skateboard Pro and Olympian, Zion Wright, released his first pro model shoe - "The Zahba." HHF skaters got to meet and skate with Zion in celebration of his new shoe at Vans Space 198.
HHF Director of Programs, Mame Bonsu and HHF Director of Creative Careers, Kava Vasquez, spoke with News 12 on the work the Harold Hunter Foundation has done for skateboarders in NYC.
Video courtesy of News 12
On March 11, Bronx Girls Skate and Bronx Brewery collaborated to release "The Slappy" Sour Rice IPA brewed with Hibiscus and Mango and a limited edition burger - The Shred Burger. The burger is available until the end of March and the beer will be available until supplies last.
Taking place in the capital city of Santo Domingo from February 23 - February 25, 2023, HHF Director of Creative Careers, Kava Vasquez, went to the Dominican Republic to co-organize + co-host the country's first ever skateboarding and arts festival. The goal of the festival was to showcase the past, present, and future of Dominican skateboarding.
The festival began on Thursday 2/23/2023 with "Caras Del Skate", a photography exhibition by Ricardo Blandino featuring portraits and media documenting the past 20 years of skateboarding in DR at ModaFoca Gallery from 7-11pm. Several portraits in the exhibition are of NYC-based Dominican skaters such as Carlo Carrezzano, Mario Cairo, and Luis Torrentino who for over a decade have maintained strong relationships with skaters on the island and helped establish the Dominican Republic's presence in skateboarding globally.
On Friday 2/24, Bronx Girls Skate sponsored a film screening of Puerto Rican skate short "See Ya L8R" at EatWise RD 7-11pm. This film - which takes place between Washington Heights, NYC and San Juan, Puerto Rico - shares the story of a Nyuorican skater named Julia who reconnects with her homeland of Puerto Rico by joining a local queer and femme skate crew. Although HHF/BXGS hosted 2 of See Ya L8R's first international screenings in July 2022, this will be the first screening in a fellow Caribbean nation. In addition, this film lends important visibility to women and queer skaters in the Latin Caribbean as well as in the Puerto Rican diaspora in NYC - representation that's virtually non-existent in mainstream media both in and outside of skateboarding.
On Saturday 2/25, local Dominican skate groups and NYC-based skaters and organizations hosted a skate pop-up at Plaza Simon Bolivar 1-5pm. There was a community skate jam (open to all ages and genders) and product giveaways.
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.