Tony gave up his 44th birthday to raise $20,664 for clean water projects.
Also known as The Birdman, Tony has been a professional skateboarder since he was fourteen. He was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world by sixteen and by seventeen was making more money than his high school teachers. Beyond that, he has a wife and four children, created his own video game franchise, owns a clothing line -- and is just a tremendously cool guy. In addition to The Tony Hawk Foundation, which has donated more than $4 Million to 525 skateparks around the United States, he has also been a remarkably strong advocate of our work. He offered autographed photos to anyone willing to donate $100 or more to his birthday campaign last year and raised $20,664.
TONY'S TAKE ON BIRTHDAYS:
How seriously do you embrace the spotlight on your birthday? I'd rather not draw attention to it unless it's for a greater good. Being a pro skater at my age is already a challenge; no need to fuel the fire for those that think I'm too old to be doing it for a living.
Why did you decide to do a birthday campaign for clean water? I have everything I could ever want, and it is a great way to inspire people to help those truly in need.
Name your top three mandatory birthday treats/indulgences.Veuve Cliquot, overpriced sushi and... adult time.
Most embarrassing birthday wish you've ever made? To have my two front teeth back after I knocked them out while skating.
Which birthday would you love to re-live -- and why? 2010; I spent it in Iceland with my wife. We went to the Blue Lagoon, saw an amazing waterfall, ate yummy food, and slept in carelessly.
Best birthday surprise you've ever received? My dad got me a calculator watch when I was 12. It is exactly what I wanted but I was convinced that he couldn't afford it.
Most unusual birthday gift you've ever received? Dinosaur poo (it's real, with a COA and everything).