Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and BMX rider Rick Thorne have joined forces to honor the legacy of Tyre Nichols, a late skateboarder and father. The two are selling autographed photos, with half of the proceeds going to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund.
The Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund was created in response to the death of the 29-year-old skateboarder, father, and FedEx worker. Nichols was stopped by police for a traffic violation, and video footage shows officers holding him down and repeatedly punching, kicking and striking him with a baton as he screamed for his mother. In response to the tragedy, six officers were fired, and five of them have been charged.
Hawk and Thorne’s autographed photos are being sold for $30 each, with only 1,000 copies available for sale. Half of the proceeds from the photos will go to the Tyre Nichols Memorial Fund, which includes plans to build a public skatepark in his honor.
The two hope that their efforts will help keep Nichols’ legacy alive. As Hawk tweeted, “He was a talented skater among other admirable traits. Let’s keep his legacy alive.”
It’s heartwarming to see Hawk and Thorne’s efforts to honor the legacy of Tyre Nichols. By purchasing an autographed photo, you can help keep alive the memory of a talented skateboarder and father, while also contributing to the building of a skatepark in his honor.