For the second year, Airwalk and the Harold Hunter Foundation have teamed up to provide free weekly summer skate clinics to the youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn with the help of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church. This year members of the Airwalk flow team joined Instructors (age 18-26) and volunteers (age 15-17), all of whom live in Brownsville or surrounding neighborhoods, to help teach a crew of 20 kids age 6-13 to skate. Check out our video filmed by HHF Filmer Project interns Javier Lopez and Ambar Cruceta, and edited by Ambar.
Airwalk and the Harold Hunter Foundation have teamed up this summer, providing free skate clinics to the youth in Brownsville, Brooklyn with the help of Mt. Ollie Baptist Church. HHF developed a partnership with Mt. Ollie Baptist Church in Brownsville last fall. Concerned about the areaâ€™s youth and children in their congregation, Mt. Ollie asked HHF to help provide programming that would expose the kids in the area to new activities and divert them away from the negative influences like gangs and drugs that are abundant in the neighborhood. HHF, with monetary support from Airwalk, was able to develop the Mt. Ollie Summer Skateboarding Program, a five-week program that also includes Saturday field trips. Already Famous crew member Wade Yates is one of the lead instructors of the program and he grew up in Brownsville.
â€śIâ€™ve always wanted to find a way to give back to my community,â€ť Wade says. â€śIntroducing skateboarding to these kids is awesome. When I was growing up in Brownsville, when all the other kids were playing ball, getting into fights or gangs, I would just go into the city, and just skate by myself. I want to give kids that option too.â€ť
More photos and a video of the Mt. Ollie Skate Program coming your way soon.
Harold Hunter Day VI is throwing down tomorrow in NYC, and we can hardly wait! Airwalk made the official Harold Hunter Day T-shirt for the big event. So for those of you who canâ€™t make it to the party, we are selling a limited number on
Airwalk.com next week. All proceeds go to the Harold Hunter Foundation.
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We’re stoked to announce that we are a proud sponsor of the upcoming Harold Hunter Day, October 13th. If you’re in the area, make sure to cruise down to the all-new Coleman Oval/L.E.S. Skatepark under the Manhattan Bridge. Head down at 1:00pm for a day of skating and remembrance.
For more info, click here.
Watch Mike V. run through the history and design behind his new signature kicks. Be sure to get in early on these, cause the first 25 people get a signed picture of Mike himself. To check ‘em out a little closer, head over to the shop section.