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Hawk, Brusco, Macdonald headline skate fundraiser

Friday - 5/31/2013, 10:50pm  ET

AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Whether they do 540s, 900s or, in one case, a 1080, an all-star group of pro skateboarders will participate in the seventh Clash at Clairemont on Saturday to raise money for Grind for Life, a nonprofit that helps cancer patients, and a local YMCA.

The list includes Tony Hawk, teen sensation Mitchie Brusco and Andy Macdonald, who will form one of the teams in SEGA's Sonic Generations of Skate contest on the half pipe.

Others scheduled to compete at the Mission Valley YMCA Krause Family Skate & Bike Park include Bucky Lasek, Pierre-Luc Gagnon, Mike McGill, Lincoln Ueda and Adam Taylor, as well as several BMX racers.

All are appearing for free. Macdonald said organizers hope to raise more than $20,000 to split between Grind for Life, which was founded by Mike Rogers, a pro skateboarder who is a two-time cancer survivor, and the YMCA's skate park.

"If you had to pay all these guys appearance fees, you couldn't afford it," Macdonald said. "The idea that all these guys are coming and donating their time and doing it for the charity is the only reason it could happen."

Hawk has skated in almost every Clash At Clairemont.

"I believe in the cause and I enjoy doing events in my hometown of San Diego," he said in an email.

Hawk said the skaters "appreciate what they have and are willing to help others by offering their time and skills in order to raise money."

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