Clippers have vowed to rebuild all Los Angeles area basketball courts in 2018 in partnership with the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
Four years and after 350 public basketball courts, the Clippers have fulfilled that promise.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday unveiled the new basketball court at the Michelle and Barack Obama Sports Center in Los Angeles, the last of the city’s 350 restored Clippers community courts.
“LA’s population is about 4 (million) people, and 98% of them live within two miles of the Clippers Community Court. That means 3.9 (million) people have access to these courts and all the benefits that come with them,” Ballmer said Tuesday. “It’s a matter of pride with the Los Angeles Parks Foundation and our partners in the LA’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Success.”
Moussa Diabete, who created the Clippers with his 43rd pick in the 2022 NBA Draft last week, also attended the ceremony on his first outing with the team. Ballmer said he and Diabete agreed that the new community court was “as good as the court in the (clippers’) practice facility.”
“The staff, the contractor, the people at the Department of Recreation and the parks who worked on this thing did a great job,” Ballmer said, shining a thumbs-up enthusiastically.
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Balmer and his wife, Connie Balmer, were first approached by the Department of Recreation and Parks to restore the selected City Park Courts in 2018. Gillian Zucker, president of Clippers Business Operations, said Balmers decided to revamp all city courts while looking for communities in need through a $ 10 million donation.
It’s a huge contribution to the park system in Los Angeles and it has transformed recreation centers and made almost every suburb of the city proud, “said Caroline Ramsay, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Parks Foundation.
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Tuesday, Ballmer Said “The main goal is to influence the lives of children … but if we can get some fans out of it, I’m good at it too.” After a laugh, he added, “We are here to win the championships, cheer the fans on and help the kids.”
The completed project is “much more than a clipper’s basketball organization. They are an agent for social and economic change and one of our strongest partners in our work to empower young Angelenos,” Garcetti said.
In addition to playing ball, the newly updated facilities were also used as community shelters, emergency child care centers and alternative learning sites during the epidemic. The Clippers Community Courts will help promote youth sports in Los Angeles ahead of the 2028 Summer Olympics.
“This is a game changer as we look to the future. It’s going to build that next legacy,” recreation and parks assistant general manager Jimmy Kim said in a video shared by Clippers. Twitter account.
Contribution: Associated Press