Harold Hunter Day at Coleman Playground

Posted on: October 11th, 2010 at 6:34 am by

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The weather was chilled, the boards grinding, and the beanies and hoodies plentiful. Such was the scene yesterday afternoon at the Coleman Playground skate park beneath the Manhattan Bridge on Monroe Street.  Dozens of young adults and kids assembled for the fourth annual Harold Hunter Day.

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A Deejay was on hand with his turntables-computer setup to provide a steady supply of hip hop beats during the skate jam.  And skateboarders kept arriving throughout the day, hailing from all over the Five Boroughs. While they practiced tricks and grinds, a sizable group of spectators – photographers, journalists, and parents – observed from the staircase seating.

Harold Hunter was a skater-slash-actor, and a fixture of the nineties downtown street scene. His prowess as a top-notch skateboarder landed him a spot on the Zoo York team while a young teenager. But most will probably remember Hunter for his role in the seminal 1995 film Kids. He died February 2006 from a cocaine overdose in the Campos Plaza housing project on East Thirteenth Street. In the wake of his death, a foundation was organized with the goal of pushing skating as a positive force for youth.

The mission of the Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) is to use skateboarding as a vehicle to provide inner-city youth with valuable life experiences that nurture individual creativity, resourcefulness and the development of life skills.

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