Professional Skateboarder, Philanthropist
Tony Hawk has been inspiring skateboarders since he was a kid. He turned pro at the ripe old age of 14, and, by the late ‘80s, he was the best skateboarder in the world. The 1999 X Games cemented his all-time status when he successfully landed the first 900. He retired from competition after that, though he still puts out video parts and skate exhibitions worldwide. His landmark video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, made it’s debut in 1999 and, 14 games later, his video game franchise has done over a billion dollars in sales. His Hawk Clothing and Shoes line is sold exclusively at Kohl’s and his Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants to help build over 500 skateparks in underprivileged communities.