Skateboard legend joins Americans for Marriage Equality campaign
One of the world’s best known skateboarders has spoken out in favour of marriage equality.
Tony Hawk, 46-year-old living legend and entrepreneur, has joined the Human Rights Commission’s Americans for Marriage Equality campaign.
In a video clip, Hawk encourages everyone to follow their hearts, which is the advice he gives to young boys and girls aspiring to become pro skaters.
“We need to continue working until every state recognizes marriage as an equal right,” Hawk says in the video.
Hawk is one of the most recognisable athletes in the United States. He turned pro at 14, and at 16 he was widely regarded as the best competitive skateboarder in the world.
In 1999, Tony teamed up with Activision to create the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater video game franchise. The Tony Hawk video game series became one of the most popular game franchises in history and continues to this day.
He has won numerous awards, including Make-A-Wish’s Favorite Male Athlete, Teen Choice Awards’ Choice Male Athlete and Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards’ Favorite Male Athlete, beating out such sports icons as Shaquille O’Neal, Tiger Woods, and Kobe Bryant.