March 15, 2011
Video Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
For as far as Brandon Jennings has traveled thus far in his young life, one might think it would be difficult for him to remember where he came from. Could his quick rise to stardom cloud a true appreciation of his upbringing? Unlikely and quite the contrary in Brandon Jenning's case.
During this year's All-Star break Brandon Jennings returned to his hometown of Compton, California. Brandon visited his first school, Double Rock Baptist Church Learning Center in Compton, Calif., where he refurbished the main room of the learning center, the playground and even treated the kids to ice cream.
The generosity continued as Brandon and Under Armour teamed up to bring a state-of-the-art basketball court renovation to Rowley Park in Brandon's hometown of Gardena, CA. Rowley Park was Brandon's original "home court," the place where as a young child he learned the love of the game that still drives him to succeed today.
The updated outdoor court was unveiled at a celebration kicking off NBA All-Star Week that was more like a block party than a press conference. There were balloons, a barbecue, and even more ice cream.
Brandon reminisced about getting his start in basketball on the Rowley Park courts. "I started playing here when I was 5 years old and wanted to play up with the 8 year olds," Jennings said. "J.K., the club manger, told me as long as I didn't cry, and I could get the ball up to the rim, I could play."
When "Brandon Jennings Day" in Gardena ended, he said, "Today was a really long day but it's always worth it to put a smile on someone's face."