Bitcoin and skateboarding may sound dissimilar but they are now closer than one would expect. For starters, Bitcoiner and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk will be giving a presentation at the Bitcoin 2020 conference in San Francisco. The skateboarder’s non-profit organization, theTony Hawk Foundation has also been receiving Bitcoin donations.
Hawk is Unveiled as the Next Speaker at the Bitcoin 2020 Conference
Tony Hawk will be giving a presentation at the Bitcoin 2020 Conference in San Francisco, slated for March 27 to March 28, 2020. Hawk is an American retired professional skateboarder who says he has been interested in Bitcoin for over five years now.
The 51-year-old is revered in the skateboarding industry for being the first to land the “900” trick. He came in first place in several skateboarding competitions between 1983 and 2003, which has turned him into an icon. Hawk’s performances were quite remarkable that a Tony Hawk video game was released each year between 1999 to 2010.
Tony Hawk Foundation Has Been Receiving Bitcoin Donations
What’s more, Hawk began the Tony Hawk Foundation to help build skateparks in underprivileged areas. Reportedly, the Foundation has been receiving Bitcoin as donations since June 2019.
Explaining the high adoption of Bitcoin as a payment method by its donors, Miki Vuckovich, Tony Hawk Foundation’s executive director said the Foundation had not expected to see Bitcoin donations. But then, there was a surge in the number of Bitcoin donations only days after the payment option was included.
“We’re excited to have Bitcoin donations as an option for our supporters…we know more and more of our supporters are using Bitcoin, so we want to stay ahead of the curve,” Vuckovich said.
In line with that, the non-profit organization revealed that through the donations it received from its supporters, it was able to award over $10 million for the creation of public skateparks. Much more, over six million visitors frequent these skateparks annually.
Hawk’s Presence at Bitcoin Event to Give More Credibility to the Crypto Space
That aside, a good number of skaters are millennials, who idolize the legendary skateboarder. FoxWeekly, for instance, named him as one of the “most influential skateboarders of all time.” As such, his presence at the Bitcoin 2020 conference can give more credibility to the crypto space.
This would mean an influx of more youthful investors into the cryptocurrency ecosystem, thereby creating a higher demand for Bitcoin.
There has also been a heightened rise in the number of platforms accepting Bitcoin donations. Since 2014, Wikipedia has been accepting the leading cryptocurrency. Other platforms that accept Bitcoin donations are United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Human Rights Foundation, The Water Project, Save the Children, and Apache Software Foundation.