One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be "physically coaxed out" by his father.His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school.
The results were that Tony was "gifted," he tested with an I. of 144, Hawk attended Jean Farb Middle School from 1980 to 1981, and eventually returned for the show, Homecoming with Rick Reilly, where he set up a ramp and did a demonstration.
His parents supported his skateboarding because it served as an outlet for his excessive energy, and as Hawk's skills developed, he became a professional skateboarder at age fourteen.
He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skateparks in underprivileged areas.
In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by Fox Weekly.
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