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SLAP INTERVIEWS STEVEN LORA

We’re psyched to report that SLAP Magazine recently caught up with HHF Skate Camp Scholarship recipient Steven Lora for an interview.

Click here to get the full story, and also be sure to check out Steven’s on-camera interview below. Photos by Cameron Cuchulainn via SLAP.

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STEVE RODRIGUEZ JOINS HHF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

HH TRIBUTE VIDS USING QR CODES

Tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, October 10th, Harold Hunter Day III will once again unite NYC’s skateboarding community for a positive day of shredding in honor of the late, great Harold Hunter.

This highly-anticipated event will kick off at 1pm at the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark in Chinatown, with pop-up best trick events throughout the day, a massive product giveaway and beats courtesy of DJ Smoke LES and DJ Ani.

New this year, the HH Day III skate jam will feature a series of Harold Hunter tribute videos accessible on-site via QR Code Technology. The Harold Hunter Foundation teamed up with NYC creative studio, We Are Plus, for this innovative way to engage event attendees with Harold and give younger skaters, who may not have known him, the chance to get a taste for how special he truly was.

A QR (Quick Response) Code is a two-dimensional bar code containing information that can be scanned quickly and read by electronic devices.  Common in Japan but relatively new in the US, anyone using a camera-equipped smartphone with QR Code Reader software can scan a QR Code and access the information it contains – in this case seven exclusive HH tribute videos.  So before tomorrow’s event, download the free code reader software at www.beetagg.com or in the iPhone App Store. Then at the Manhattan Bridge Skatepark look for posters containing QR Codes, snap a photo of the code and watch what happens!

Also don’t forget that once the skate jam is a wrap, an after-party will go down from 9pm-Midnight at KCDC Skateshop in Brooklyn.  Open to the 21+ crowd only, free beverages, live music and mini-ramp sessions will be on tap all night.