Harold Hunter was an iconic and legendary NYC skateboarder who came from nothing and had the opportunity to see the world because of his skateboard. He had limitless potential, but died tragically in 2006. Skateboarding enriched Harold’s life, providing him with unseen opportunities to experience the world in a way that kids from his background rarely do.
The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF), formed in Harold’s memory in 2007, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots, skateboard community-based organization that provides support, opportunity, and advocacy for skateboarders in NYC and beyond so they can reach their full potential as skateboarders and as people. Our goal is to harness the power of skateboarding to transform lives.
The mission of the HHF is to use skateboarding as a vehicle to provide inner-city youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness, and the development of life skills.
The Harold Hunter Foundation’s vision is a world where all people feel safe to be themselves and are empowered to achieve their aspirations and follow their dreams despite the challenges life presents.
HHF Core Values:
HHF’s core values are based on characteristics that Harold embodied and cultivated in others:
Celebrating differences with an understanding that everyone has a contribution to make.
Finding the passion and courage to confidently express your true self.
Drawing on the strengths of all parties to foster openness, tolerance, unity, and belonging.
Developing confidence in one’s ability to impact change.
Finding the hidden possibilities in any situation.
Drawing upon personal strengths and community resources to grow in the face of adversity.
Using laughter to build bridges, open doors and cope with difficult circumstances.
Approaching life as an adventure.
Recognizing the power of anticipating the best possible outcome.