Recently, the Tony Hawk Foundation united with eBay Giving Works and some of the most recognizable names in the music industry to raise $126,000 in an effort to build skateparks for underprivileged youth.
Developed by Tony Hawk Foundation board member and musician Ben Harper, the group collected old pro skater decks from the likes of Jamie Thomas, Bucky Lasek and Mike Vallely to auction. Yet, these weren’t just any old decks. Inscribed with lyrics and autographs from Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, and the recently departed Adam “MCA” Yauch, all of these skateboards were certifiable one-of-a-kind pieces of skate and music history. While the rest of us will have to settle for skating to these artists playing on our Bag of Riddim portable audio systems, a few lucky folks will now have the option to skate on the hand scribed lyrics of these legendary songs (though we wouldn’t recommend it!).
The board with the highest bid was a Jamie Thomas signature Zero deck adorned with the signature of Bob Dylan. Emblazoned with the words of Dylan’s signature hit, “Blowin’ in the Wind,” it became the most expensive single deck ever purchased in the history of the skateboarding at $38,425.
All of the proceeds from the auction went directly to the Tony Hawk Foundation, which has already helped build over 400 skate parks in low income areas.
Skateboarding’s ability to unite youth from all different types of backgrounds can’t be ignored. The House of Marley commends the Tony Hawk Foundation for working to impact underprivileged youth across the country. The epitome of #LiveMarley is creating something that helps society move forward today. Props to the Tony Hawk Foundation.