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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



Steve Rodriguez, founder and co-owner of 5boro Skateboards, was recently awarded the prestigious Nike GAMECHANGERS grant through Architecture for Humanity.  In conjunction with the NYC skate community, the grant will be used to re-design and re-construct the L.E.S./Coleman Oval/Manhattan Bridge Skatepark.

At 5:00pm on Saturday, May 14th, a community design session will be held at the skatepark which is located underneath the Manhattan Bridge on the corner of Cherry and Pike Streets in Chinatown.  The meeting is open to the general public and all are welcome to attend and voice their ideas concerning the re-design of the skatepark as well as their larger vision for the surrounding Coleman Oval Park.  If you are planning to attend, please show your support on the Facebook event page.

Whether you attend this weekend’s event or not, Steve and Architecture for Humanity would like everyone to fill out the L.E.S./Coleman Oval/Manhattan Bridge Skatepark survey which is available by clicking here.  The more background info and feedback they collect, the better the re-design will turn out.  So it’s very important that YOU get involved!

For more information, please contact:

Preeti Sodhi
Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow


Last May, HHF In The Classroom visited PS 168x in the Bronx.  Special guests included Chad Muska, Steve Rodriguez, Rodney Smith, Luis Tolentino and skater-turned-ER physician, Robert Gore. The panel met with two classes of 7th and 8th graders and conducted a Q&A before heading outside for an instructional skate session and demo.

Check out this exclusive wrap-up video that was shot and produced by Satoko Sugiyama, and you can learn more here.