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If you are a professional athlete, to win a National Championship means the world. In an individual sport like skateboarding, the difficulty of getting, retaining or defending a National Championship may be one of the most difficult accomplishments in life. Tony Hawk did it 12 times.
Hawk had a way about himself that catapulted him to the forefront of the skateboarding industry. Beside products, designing parks and developing talent pipelines, Hawk immersed himself in the gaming industry and some acting gigs.
As a kid, Hawk's parents didn't know what to do with the exuberant preteen who seemed to have too much energy. He got a hand me down skateboard and his father built a ramp in the backyard in an attempt to divert some of that energy. Problem solved. Between the time he was eight until he turned 14, Tony wore that backyard out – jumping, flying, twisting, wrecking and landing.
Although the tricks nowadays runs into the four digits, Hawk was the first one to land successfully – in competition – a 900. His naturally ability to perform tricks that he had patented the moves kept his competitors from grinding closer. His success on the board and his media suave helped him endorse a number of products along the way. Six Flags amusements parks developed a Tonk Hawk ride called the Tony Hawk experience. Like his skateboard runs, the ride has taken on a new dimension and a new name.
Tony continues to built upon his legacy with his philanthropic endeavors. Beside his own foundations that has donated heaps of cash to help built more than 400 skate parks around the United States in underdeveloped neighborhoods, he has teamed up with other sports icons in an association aimed at recruiting local athletes and community leaders to participate in community activity.