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Tony Hawk's Boards+Bands Benefit

Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper have come together to create a unique opportunity for professional skateboarders and iconic musicians to raise significant funds for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and raise awareness for the need for positive recreational outlets for at-risk youth.

Inspired by Ben Harper, a member of the Tony Hawk Foundation Board Of Directors and advocate for public skateparks, the Boards + Bands fundraising initiative merges the worlds of skateboarding and music. A select group of Professional Skateboarders were invited to donate their personally ridden skateboards and submit the name of their favorite songs. Their boards were then sent to their favorite musicians with one simple message: "Please write the lyrics to my favorite song on this skateboard, and we'll use it to create more skateparks for kids."

The chosen musicians have hand-written the lyrics on these one-of-a-kind skateboards, which will be auctioned on eBay starting Monday, December 3, 2012 to benefit the Tony Hawk Foundation.

Skateboard collaborations include the following skaters and artists:

Tony Hawk/Paul McCartney
Mike Vallely/Tom Petty
Rodney Mullen/Ben Harper
Jamie Thomas/Bob Dylan
Lance Mountain/Jimmy Cliff
Bob Burnquist/Ben Harper
Bucky Lasek/Adam Yauch

Funds raised through this effort will support at-risk youth through the creation of public skateparks in low-income communities across the U.S. These free, public skateparks are safe, sanctioned places for youth to come together, form communities, and practice the sport they love in a healthy environment.

Since 2002 the Tony Hawk Foundation has been helping challenged communities across the U.S. build free, quality public skateparks where at-risk youth can enjoy a positive, physical activity. To-date, the Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in 50 states.

For more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation and this unique auction opportunity, visit and