HHF is elated to announce that we have received a special one-time $25,000 gift from NIKE Global Community Impact together with their Latino & Friends Employee Network. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Nike selected 12 nonprofit organizations across the U.S. that are supporting Hispanic and Latino communities through sports-based youth development programs and services that contribute to creating stronger communities through sport, play, and physical activity.
The HHF Legacy Program concluded this month with a screening of “Minding the Gap,” a critically acclaimed documentary about the lives three skaters in a rust belt town in Illinois. This event culminated six months of life skills workshops at House of Vans, informal skate sessions around the city, monthly one-on-ones with coach/mentors, and a one-week stay at Camp Woodward action sports camp. Among the highlights from the program were workshops on HHF’s Core Values/NYC Skate History, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Identifying One’s Own Core Values/Purpose, Career Paths in the Skateboarding Industry, Defining Success and Setting Intentions, and skills exploration in film, photography, music, visual art and design, and STEM. A big thank you to our partners House of Vans, Laureus USA, Up2Us Sports, and American Chai Trust for making these enriching activities possible 45 youth.
For the 12th year HHF sent our largest group of 50 scholarship recipients, coach/mentor chaperones, Filmer Project interns and mentors, and HHF staff to Camp Woodward for an awesome week of skating, relaxing, meeting new people, bonding with each other, and just kicking back and enjoying some quality time out of the city. All 33 scholarship recipients were participants in the Legacy Program and earned their trip to camp through regular participation and enthusiastic engagement in the program. Check out this recap video filmed by HHF Filmer interns and mentors and edited by Filmer Intern Gustavo Morla:
Photos courtesy of Orlando Gil, Bradley Afroilan, and Jharif Corchado.
On July 17-19, HHF Co-Founder and Executive Director Jessica attended the Laureus USA Sport for Good Summit in Los Angeles. The event brought together 250 representatives from Laureus grantee organizations, other sports-based youth development organizations, sector funders, and athlete ambassadors from around the country to network, participate in workshops, and share best practices. NBA All-Star Chris Paul and Olympic Gold Medalist Alison Felix were among the athletes and celebrities who participated in the three-day event, which coincided with the 100th birthday of Laureus’ founding patron and international civil rights icon Nelson Mandela.
Harold Hunter Weekend went down from May 31 - June 3 in NYC. Huge thanks to presenting sponsor adidas Skateboarding and primary sponsors G-Shock and Skullcandy for helping make it all happen. Nearly $60,000 was raised to support HHF programs for 2019.
The official HH Weekend recap video was filmed by HHF Filmer Project interns Muhammad Floyd, Emmet Padgett, Gustavo Morla, and Arianna Gil along with mentors Ray Mendez and Mike Sassano, and edited by HHF Filmer Project mentor Andrey Piontkovski.
This year's extended HH Weekend was packed with six events over the course of four days:
The Harold Hunter Day XII Skate Jam was held on June 3 at the Coleman Oval/LES Skatepark. HHF Legacy Program participants were presented with full scholarships to Woodward courtesy of sponsors Dickies (Nicholas Ponce, and Rashard Peppers) and Fools Gold (Aaron Saldana).
The best trick contests were judged by guest judges Vincent Alvarez and Jamie Foy of the Dickies skate team along with local Eugene Kang of Terminal skate shop:
G-Shock Best Trick:
First Place - Gabriel Kwiatkowski - fakie frontside shuv switch 5-0
Second Place - Brandon James - halfcab smith grind 180 out
Third Place - Dylan Nieves - 180 switch 5-0 the hardway
SkullCandy Best Trick:
First Place - Kaue Cossa - Kickflip Backside Noseblunt
Second Place - Gabriel Kwiatkowski - Crook big flip out
Third Place - Brandon James - 50-50 to 50-50
Zumiez Destroyer Award:
Adidas Best Trick:
For the second year in a row, the guys from The Boardr came through with a custom built obstacle to add maximum excitement to the grand finale of the 12th annual Harold Hunter Day celebration. After the success of last years step-up ramp, the crew one-upped themselves by adding a handrail that turned the famous LES double-set into an insane gap-to-rail that made the locals sweat as they skated up to it. As usual, once the first guy landed a trick, and the money ($1500 in cash) started flowing, the skaters figured out what was possible and proceeded to shred the rail for the next 45 minutes. It was the perfect end to an amazing weekend of friends coming together to celebrate the life of the legendary Harold Hunter.
For a taste of the action and an edit of the skating at the HH Day Skate Jam, check out Blair Alley's coverage on TransWorld SKATEboarding.
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The Harold Hunter Foundation, in association with presenting sponsor adidas Skateboarding, and primary sponsors G-Shock and Skullcandy, is proud to announce it will host a series of art, photography and skateboarding events in New York City from Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3. Now in its twelfth year, the festivities will once again comprise an extended “Harold Hunter Weekend” of special events that celebrate skateboarding, art, music, community, and NYC.
"We’re excited to highlight both the diversity and universality of the skateboarding community," says HHF co-founder and Executive Director Jessica Forsyth. "This year we have a range of events that celebrate both the local and global appeal of skateboarding and speak to the power of skateboarding as a cultural force that brings people together and creates wonderful opportunities for community-building."
Following is an overview of HH Weekend events and collaborations that will benefit the Harold Hunter Foundation:
If you knew Harold, then you know he loved a good meal. From June 1-30, longtime HHF restaurant partner Sweet Chick will once again offer a 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” features 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).
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We are very excited to welcome the first cohort of the Harold Hunter Legacy Program. This program recruits the most passionate skaters from NYC's five boroughs to build a sense of community and help them to share their love for skateboarding within a positive peer group. The program will feature: weekly skate sessions; a series of monthly large group workshops focused on life and coping skills; bi-weekly small group meetings where participants will have opportunities to talk about and develop skills to address the issues affecting their lives; and will conclude with a week away from the city at Camp Woodward, a world-renowned action sports camp in Pennsylvania. A very special shoutout to our partners at House of Vans for hosting the program! Check out this video of our very first session at HOV:
From February 23rd to 27th, our coaches Jharif and Tyhaim traveled to Chicago for a four-day training institute where they learned the fundamentals of sports-based youth development and trauma-informed coaching strategies. This intensive training incorporates both youth development principles, trauma-sensitive practices, and strategies for building positive culture within their programs. These skills will allow our coaches to use their unique knowledge of skateboarding in a way that helps them to build meaningful, lasting relationships with youth in need of positive adult role models.
As part of this year’s brand new Legacy Program we have partnered up with Up2Us sports to hire two highly qualified coach/mentors -- Jharif Corchado and Tyhaim Morris Brown -- who will be working with the Legacy skaters to ensure they are healthy, happy, skating and most importantly building community and increasing their learning and problem-solving capacities. Jharif and Tyhaim are joined by long-time HHF volunteer, skate instructor and chaperone Wade Yates. Scroll down to learn more about our new coaches.
Jharif is a junior majoring in Illustration at Parsons School of Design. He was born in New York and raised in the Bronx and has been skateboarding since the middle of high school. He is looking forward to sharing his experience as a person of color in the skate community, offering guidance, support, and a sense of direction to help the Legacy skaters achieve success, and helping them to explore and develop skills in art.
Tyhaim is a graduate of Job Corps with certifications in carpentry and construction. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, has been skateboarding for 12 years, and is an active member of the NYC skate community. In addition to his work with HHF, he runs his own small brand called HiLyfe Shades and does photography. He is looking forward to using his love of skateboarding to make connections with youth in the Legacy program.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors and sponsors, HHF skate camp scholarship recipients end their summers with an array of unforgettable memories, tricks, and new friends.
This summer, for the 11th consecutive year, we sent 42 skaters from all parts of NYC to skate new places, make new friends, and experience new things at some of the best skate camps in the world. Youth attended 3 camps: Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, the Element YMCA Skate Camp in Northern California & the Homage Skateboard Academy in Brooklyn.
In addition to skate campers, HHF was also able to send 5 aspiring film interns to camp. Check out some of the images and video edits they produced to get a feel for the magic that happened this year at camp.
Thank you to Camp Woodward, Elemental Awareness, Homage Skateboard Academy, adidas Skateboarding, Triple 8, Rockstar Bearings, and Trophy Griptape for providing scholarships and gear to help make this summer's trips a reality.
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.