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!
In celebration of Harold's 47th Birthday (April 2, 1974), we're proud to release a limited-edition collector's deck with all proceeds benefiting the Harold Hunter Foundation.
Featuring a hand-cut collage design by Seth Neary of Driven Studio, only 47 decks are available and each comes with an 8"x12" print of the classic 1995 Harold photo featured on the board graphic. Each "Bleecker Banks" print is signed by photographer Gunars Elmuts. This exclusive deck ($75) is 8.125" wide and manufactured by Chapman Skateboards.
UPDATE: SOLD OUT
SETH NEARY PROJECT STATEMENT:
I love New York City! Growing up on a dirt road in Vermont and fantasizing about break dancing, hip hop, and skateboarding, NYC was very influential in my young life. Thankfully by the grace of skateboarding, I would make my way to NYC for occasional skate trips and, in the '90s, if you were skating in NYC you were bound to see Harold. I first met Harold through my good friend Gunars Elmuts. PSNY sponsored us both for a short time. Harold was mad cool, funny, and inclusive. He made me feel welcome in NYC in his way. We skated, hit Spoon, laughed, stayed out late, and peaced out. I'd see Harold on almost every trip to NYC in the '90s.
When the HHF crew asked me to create a board graphic for Harold’s birthday, I was not only humbled but honored—and nervous as hell. Harold is NEW YORK! Harold is dearly missed, and Harold is a legend! I contacted Gunars and asked him if I could use some of his images of Harold, and he graciously said, "Of course." Gunars sent me a folder of photos and, after combing through, I recognized a session at Bleecker Banks (Bird Shit Banks). The sequence was something all skaters can relate to—the warm-up ollie, couple throwaways, the aggression and frustration, the make, and finally the smile and high-five. Gunars captured it all. It was intimate; it was a rad one-on-one session, and it’s a time capsule. I chose the "make" photo and one "frustration" photo and collaged the rest. I reached out to Andre Razo, my consigliere, for consultation and got the nod. The process was organic and heartfelt. I love skateboarding, NYC, and Harold. Legends Never Die.
GUNARS ELMUTS PROJECT STATEMENT:
I'm always excited to help HHF. What they do for under-served kids in NYC is incredible. I know Harold would be proud! He was always so encouraging and generous with everyone who wanted to skate. HHF is completely in line with who Harold was as a person.
The day we shot these photos was super fun. Harold came by PSNY on 6th Avenue (where I sponsored him before Supreme took over) and we went down to Bleecker Street (a block away) and shot what you see here. It was just me and him. Harold always wanted to shoot photos. I remember we were trying to shoot a sequence of a trick and he kept bailing. I shot about four rolls of film without a make so I just tossed the film down the street—which I now regret—since I didn't want to spend the time or money to develop film with no makes! So, we went back to just shooting stills of the straight heelflip.
This photo ended up in TW Skate—Harold and I were pretty stoked about that. Over the years a lot of people told me they had this picture on their wall from the mag, so having it on a deck now seems like a great place for it to live on. I hope the board gets skated and destroyed as Harold would've done—that's why we decided to include a signed photo with each order. It'll be cool to see before and after pics of the deck once it's been thrashed!
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.