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.