Tony Hawk Lends Helping Hand to Inspirational Film on Survival as a Skateboarder

Published 10/26/2021, 8:39 AM EDT
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 03: American skateboarder Tony Hawk performs at the Sydney 500 Grand Finale on the Sydney Olympic Park Street Circuit on December 3, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)


When people speak about sheer determination and steely resolve, many famous sporting personalities come to mention. Among many, Michael Jordan is the perfect example of that statement. His success on the basketball court propelled him to heights that seem unlikely to be matched. Likewise, Tony Hawk ticks all the boxes as well.

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Tony Hawk is a legendary skateboarder, who has played a huge role in promoting the sport in modern times. Moreover, his latest project sees him with a residential school survivor who spoke about Hawk’s influence on his life.

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Tony Hawk is a legend

The legendary skateboarder’s influential personality has paved the way for many upcoming skateboarders. Significantly, he produced a movie about a residential school survivor and how he became a professional skateboarder. The film revolves around Joe Buffalo’s life and the struggles he faced in making it big. It is an iconic movie and the first of its kind.

“You’re put in these institutions and it’s like a prison for kids, man. He plucks out all the positive in skateboarding in the world and he shines a light on it.”

“He’s a saint in my eyes,” said Buffalo.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – MARCH 24: Laureus Academy Member Tony Hawk signs autographs as he visits an urban skateboard park ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards at Kiara Skate Park on March 24, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Laureus)

The film was made by Amar Chebib as it shows the struggles the person went through and his journey to success.

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Philanthropic works

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Hawk is well known for his philanthropy. He helped a lot of people to skate as he became a great advocate for the sport. Moreover, the legendary skater created the Tony Hawk foundation back in 2002, showing his passion for the sport. Hawk made skate parks for aspiring skateboarders and this helped to combat the strict rules and regulations in America.

The foundation has made over $5.8 million and created 596 skate parks across the country. The foundation received the Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award in 2015 because of the impact it created amongst the masses. He also co-founded ‘Athletes for Hope’ which inspired athletes to take part in their communities and other specific programs.

19 Aug 2001: Tony Hawk in action during the men’s skateboard vert doubles at the 2001 X-Games at First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hawk and his partner Andy McDonald won the competition . DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit : Ezra Shaw/Allsport

To sum up, Hawk’s legacy cannot be underestimated. Just like Jordan, he has used his platform, not just for himself but also for the betterment of others.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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