Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk is giving back and helping to keep the legacy of Tyre Nichols alive. Hawk is donating half of the proceeds of autographed photos of himself and BMX rider Rick Throne to the memorial fund for Tyre Nichols. This is an incredible gesture of support and compassion that is sure to bring a smile to the faces of those who knew and loved Tyre.
Tyre Nichols was a 29-year-old skateboarder, FedEx worker, and father to a 4-year-old boy. Sadly, he died on January 10th after a police encounter that ended in tragedy. Video released after pressure from Nichols’ family shows officers holding him down and repeatedly punching, kicking and striking him with a baton as he screamed for his mother. Six officers have since been fired and five of them have been charged.
In response to this tragedy, Tony Hawk and Rick Thorne have created 1,000 autographed photos to help raise money for the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund. Half of the proceeds from the autographed photos will go to the memorial fund to help his family out, and to build a memorial skate park in his name, honoring his love for skateboarding.
This is a beautiful tribute to Tyre Nichols and a way to keep his legacy alive. Tony Hawk and Rick Thorne are using their platform to make a difference and to help those in need. We can all learn a lesson from their example and strive to make a difference in our own ways.