Tony Hawk Speaker Profile
Tony Hawk Biography
Considered one of the best skateboarders of our time, Tony Hawk was born May 12, 1968. He is credited with being the first recorded skater to land the 900, which consists of two-and-a-half rotations (900) in the air before landing back on the pipe during the televised June 27, 1999 X Games, for which he received an enormous amount of attention.
Hawk was also the second skateboarder to land a McTwist, a trick named after a Mike McGill of the Bones Brigade, a skate team of which Tony Hawk was an original member. It marked the next level of his rise to fame, solidifying his status as a household name. He retired from competitive skateboarding afterwards, but continues to skate and perform.
In 2002, Tony created the Tony Hawk Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist low-income communities in the creation of well-designed skateboard parks. In four years, the Foundation gave away over a million dollars in grants and assistance. In April 2007, along with eleven other philanthropic athletes (Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken, Jr.), Hawk is a founding member of Athletes for Hope, a public charity that was launched publicly on ABC's Good Morning America and ESPN. Athletes for Hope connects athletes, individuals, and businesses with charitable and community causes.
In 2007, Tony and his production company, 900 films, partnered with the Or Die Networks (creators of Funny or Die) to create his own action sports video sharing site, ShredOrDie.com. The site, which launched on October 23, 2007 is a place where top action sports athletes, filmmakers and everyday users can post action sports clips.
In 2008, Tony partnered with T-Mobile USA in a sponsorship deal, which included the introduction of a limited edition Tony Hawk Sidekick LX.
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