For Immediate Release:
NEW YORK, NY; August 19, 2011 – The non-profit, youth-focused Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is proud to announce that action sports industry veteran and NYC local, Steve Rodriguez, is the newest member of its Board of Directors.
Widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and influential skateboard advocates in New York City, Steve is the founder of 5boro Skateboards. For more than 15 years, he has played a major role in shaping the greater NYC skate scene through direct involvement with various municipal agencies and city officials.
In 2004, Steve spearheaded the re-building and re-zoning of the legendary Brooklyn Banks to become a skatepark officially recognized by the City of New York. Last year he consulted on the design, development and construction of the Maloof Cup Skatepark and Astoria Skate Plaza in Queens, as well as the River Avenue Skatepark in the Bronx. Additionally, every June 21st he runs the NYC chapter of Go Skateboarding Day which attracts thousands of local skateboarders and receives international coverage.
Steve’s most recent contribution to the New York skate scene is the prestigious Nike GAMECHANGERS grant that he was awarded through Architecture for Humanity this past Spring. The purpose of the grant is to encourage community organizations to empower youth through sports by executing programs that spur social and economic community development.
In this spirit, Steve is currently putting the Nike GAMECHANGERS grant to good use by working closely with the collective NYC skate community to re-design and re-construct Chinatown’s popular L.E.S./Manhattan Bridge Skatepark, as well as the surrounding Coleman Oval Park. The new-and-improved skatepark is expected to open in late 2011.
Steve’s unwavering passion for skateboarding, his appreciation for what Harold stood for, and the countless relationships he maintains within the larger action sports industry make him an extremely valuable addition to the Harold Hunter Foundation. His leadership, guidance and experience will strengthen the HHF on many levels and enable the organization to make great strides in the years ahead.
“I’m excited to join the Harold Hunter Foundation because I strongly believe in its philosophy and I’ve seen first-hand how skateboarding can positively impact the lives of at-risk kids,” Steve says. “It’s really tough to make it as a skateboarder in New York, so I’m always looking for ways to support our local kids and skate scene. My goal is to get the HHF involved with more events and programs that will naturally lead to mentorship opportunities with kids who have lots of potential, but need some guidance to get on the right track.”
About Harold Hunter Foundation
Established in 2007 in memory of legendary New York City skateboarder Harold Hunter, the community-based Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, grassroots organization whose fundamental goal is to provide a network of support, resources and advocacy for NYC youth so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and people. Learn more at: www.haroldhunter.org
Steven Lora (L), Steve Rodriguez (C), and Mark Nardelli (R) at HH Day IV in NYC – October 2010