Hornets and BP Announce Partnership to Refurbish Six Basketball Courts


Ceremony with Hornets players unveils the first of six updated courts in parishes around South Louisiana

March 9, 2011

The New Orleans Hornets are teaming up with BP to refurbish six basketball courts in South Louisiana, providing safe and updated playgrounds for local communities to enjoy. Hornets players Emeka Okafor and Carl Landry, Hornets President Hugh Weber, BP Vice President of Resources Darryl Willis, Hugo, Honeybees and other dignitaries will tip-off the series of court dedications at an event on Friday, March 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Pontchartrain Park (5700 Press Drive in Gentilly.)

“We are excited to be able to work with BP to refurbish these six basketball courts and allow our neighbors to experience a little bit of Hornets Basketball in their backyard,” said Hornets President Hugh Weber. “Having a renovated court will help these communities come together to play, exercise and enjoy the great game of basketball. This is just one more way both organizations can contribute to the improvement of the areas in which we live, work and call home.”

The six court refurbishments will take place in Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. Bernard, Lafourche, Terrebone and Orleans Parishes throughout the first couple weeks of March. Each court will feature glass backboards, brand new rims and will be painted to replicate the Hornets court at the New Orleans Arena with the BP logo placed on both sidelines.

"BP has a long history of partnering and investing with businesses and organizations in Louisiana," said BP's Vice President of Resources, Darryl Willis. "We welcomed this new opportunity to join the Hornet's winning team and consider it an honor to fund the refurbishment of these basketball courts. We hope they will see a lot of action and be safe places people can have healthy fun for years to come."

In addition to Hugo and the Honeybees, the tip-off event will also feature Hornets interactive games, inflatables, hairspray and face-painting stations and a short basketball clinic for neighborhood kids with the Hornets players directly following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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