Hawks Dedicate New Court At Lynwood Recreation Center

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ATLANTA, GA (Nov. 1, 2004) - The Atlanta Hawks Foundation dedicated a new community basketball court at the Lynwood Recreation Center with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 30. The event also included free kids basketball and dance clinics and other festivities. Rookie forward Josh Smith, assistant coach Bob Bender and Antje Wortman participated in the ceremonies.

In memory of Hawks scout Gary Wortman, who passed away in 2000, the Atlanta Hawks Court Renovation Program builds and renovates basketball courts in underprivileged neighborhoods throughout the Atlanta-area each year. At each new court, the Hawks and The Home Depot put down new pavement, install new backboards, rims, nets and fencing, as well as make any other needed repairs. The court at the Lynwood Recreation Center is the fifth newly-built or renovated court donated by the team since the program's inception. In a ceremony last week, the Chief Executive Officer and Board of Commissioners of DeKalb County proclaimed October 30, 2004 as "Atlanta Hawks Day" in recognition of the pledge by the Hawks Foundation.


Lynwood community youth enjoy the basketball dedication activities.


A member of the Hawks Dance Team helps put on a smile.


Marilyn Drew, Director of DeKalb County Parks & Recreation, presents a
proclamation to Tiffany Stone, Atlanta Spirit Vice President of Community Development.


Hawks assistant coach Bob Bender talks about
the team's commitment to the community.


The ribbon cutting officially opens latest Hawks Court
Renovation Project, sponsored by The Home Depot.


WSB anchor and court dedication emcee Jovita Moore
and WSB sports anchor Bill Hartman enjoy the festivities.


Lynwood youth participate in the Hawks basketball clinic.


Members of the Hawks Dance Team lead a clinic for neighborhood youth.


Hawks rookie Josh Smith signs autographs for young fans.