Helping Deserved Skateboarders, One Skateboard at a Time!
The Matthew A. Henson Neighborhood Association (MAHNA) and the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation (MHCDC), a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2015 with members of the MAHNA to be a catalyst for suitable and affordable housing and to stimulate economic development, are excited and we want you to join in the excitement of our planned skateboard park, via providing FREE skateboards, for the youth. Your help is needed to make our dream come true.

 The Easterwood/Sandtown community, located in the western section of Baltimore City, was the hardest hit area during the Freddie Gray unrest in 2015 – 13 BUSINESSES DAMAGED. The MAHNA and the MHCDC continue working to rebuild the community after the devastation and recently had the City of Baltimore approve of its Master Plan.

We know that the youth are our future. We know that our youth need an outlet to be healthy and happy and we know that our Baltimore youth enjoy the camaraderie that comes with skateboarding. In the summer of 2019 in 2019 the Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation and Parks awarded the Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 entity, a $300,000.00 construction grant to build a concrete skateboard park at 1530 N Bentalou Street Baltimore, Maryland 21216. 

 Tony Hawk nicknamed “Birdman” is a professional skateboarder and entrepreneur. Described as “hyperactive,” his parents supported his skateboarding as it served as an outlet for his excessive energy. The Tony Hawk Foundation, now The Skateboard Project, seeks to foster lasting improvements in society through the development of free, quality skateparks in low-income communities. The Skatepark Project has been helping underserved communities create safe and inclusive public skateparks for youth. The organization favors projects that have strong community involvement, grassroots fundraising, and a base of support from the skaters, parents, law enforcement, and local leaders. To date, almost 600 recipients of grants from The Skatepark Project have opened their skateparks and Baltimore’s Easterwood/Sandtown wants to be one of them.  TGF awarded MHCDC a $5,000.00 construction grant to show support of this initiative.

We need to provide youth with free skateboards, to make our vision a reality. The Tony Hawk Foundation believes every skatepark is the result of a partnership between youth, government, and local civic organizations. They would like to see the project completed on schedule and without compromise.  This new skatepark will expand recreational opportunities at Easterwood Park with between 6,000 and 10,000 square feet of new skate features.

Won’t you help and donate skateboards for the youth of the Easterwood/Sandtown area? Your donation is not only appreciated but also an investment in the community, an investment in our youth.  Skateboards to: Matthew Henson Community Development Corporation; Dr. Marvin Cheatham; 1620 Appleton St.; Baltimore, MD 21217.


Sincerely yours,

Dr. Marvin L. ‘Doc’ Cheatham, Sr.


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