“Toyota Project Rebound” Comes to Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, S.D. (October 29, 2007) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that they have been selected to host an NBA Cares project known as Toyota Project Rebound, a new community initiative that was launched last Wednesday with a court refurbishment and basketball clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Lodi, N.J.

For the community project in Sioux Falls, Hawthorne Elementary has been chosen as the beneficiary. Hawthorne Elementary is one of the Sioux Falls School District’s most diverse schools. The school is located in one of Sioux Falls’ most historic neighborhoods and when the Skyforce was looking for a location for this project, they decided to meet the needs of children in that neighborhood. The project will consist of two new playground sets and two new basketball courts and is expected to be completed around Christmas.

“Replacing the playground equipment has been a dream for the staff for several years,” said Hawthorne Elementary Principal Cheryl Larson. “The equipment is twenty-two years old and very outdated. Neither playground has been updated since the opening of the building. The staff has wanted our playground to better meet the needs of the students and facilitate positive play among the number of students who use it every day.”

“We feel extremely honored to receive this wonderful gift for our students and our community,” said Sioux Falls Superintendent Pam Homan. “My feelings of gratitude go beyond words for the generosity of the NBA, Toyota and our own Skyforce.”

“This has been a dream for Hawthorne Elementary for a long time,” said Mayor Dave Munson. “Now through the generosity of the Skyforce, NBA and Toyota, it is becoming a reality much sooner than we ever thought possible. The playground and basketball courts will not just be appreciated every day by Hawthorne students, but they will help revitalize an important core neighborhood of our city.”

“We would like to thank Toyota and the NBA for selecting our organization to host a project,” said Skyforce vice president/general manager Jeremy DeCurtins. “Hawthorne Elementary was hoping to refurbish the playground in a few years, but because of Toyota Project Rebound the students will have a brand new playground earlier than expected.”

About Toyota Project Rebound

Toyota Project Rebound will tie together the community efforts of the leagues, through NBA Cares, WNBA Cares and D-League Cares, along with the efforts of the teams into a national program with the support of a single corporate partner in Toyota. The 15 community rebuilding projects, including court refurbishments, the creation of Learning & Play Centers, and other Legacy Projects will take place during the 2007-08 season.

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2007-08 season. Discounts and benefits are also available for groups of 10 or more. The home opener is set for Saturday, Nov. 24 against the Tulsa 66ers. Single game tickets will go on sale on Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. For information please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.