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.
We are proud to announce that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the domestic affiliate of an international foundation that funds sport for good programs on every continent except Antarctica, has awarded HHF a $10,000 grant. These funds will be used to launch the HHF Legacy Program, which will provide skateboarders with mentoring, guidance and life skills to help them navigate their lives. Thank you Laureus USA!
On Friday, June 23rd, hundreds of runners, cyclists, and skaters came out to run, roll, and push for the 11th Annual Harold Hunter Bridgerun led by the NYC BridgeRunners, raising over $13,000 to support the Harold Hunter Foundation.
For the first time ever it rained. Nevertheless, the turnout was tremendous as HHF skateboarders pushed alongside runners through the streets of the Lower East Side and celebrated at the after party with music courtesy of DJ Smoke LES, and food and drinks provided by Pabst Blue Ribbon, Austin Eastside Ciders, Arizona Iced Tea, Sweet Chick, and Rizzo's LES. Check out the recap video to get a taste of the fun.
Shout out to all the supporting sponsors including Nike NYC, Clif Bar, Coco Community, and Know Foods.
Harold Hunter Weekend went down from May 31 - June 4 in NYC. Huge thanks to presenting sponsor adidas Skateboarding and primary sponsors G-Shock and Skullcandy for helping make it all happen. Over $60,000 was raised all in support of the Harold Hunter Foundation.
To kick off Harold Hunter Weekend, on Wednesday, May 31st, from 6-10pm, UXA will host a special HHF benefit event at its retail store located at 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Open to the public, the event will feature a skate jam and reception with live beats by DJ Daddy Dog. It will also usher in the official launch of a limited edition UXA x HHF x adidas Skateboarding deck and t-shirt adorned with a classic Harold portrait shot by renown photographer Sue Kwon.
The Harold Hunter Foundation, in association with presenting sponsor adidas Skateboarding, and primary sponsors G-Shock, HUF and Skullcandy, is proud to announce it will host a series of art, photography and skateboarding events in New York City from Wednesday, May 31 through Sunday, June 4 – all in remembrance of legendary skateboarder Harold Hunter who passed away in 2006.
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.