Hornets All-Star Guard Chris Paul teams up with New Orleans
Mayor Mitch Landrieu to Dedicate Refurbished Basketball Court
Court unveiling is part of NBA Cares Week of Service and
includes a free basketball clinic directly following the ceremony
October 20, 2010
New Orleans Hornets guard and Olympic gold medalist Chris Paul is teaming up with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu to dedicate a refurbished basketball court on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at Digby Park (6500 Virgilian in Eastern New Orleans.) The Olympic-themed court will pay tribute to Paul’s participation in the 2008 Olympics as part of the gold medal-winning men’s squad. The short ceremony will include remarks from Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Paul and Hornets President Hugh Weber. The Hornets have organized a free basketball clinic directly following the ribbon-cutting for neighborhood kids on the new court.
“New Orleans is such an amazing city and is my home, and I’m proud to share my passion for basketball with the youth in this community,” said Paul. “It’s truly an honor to work with Mayor Landrieu to present this court back to the local neighborhood and provide these kids with a safe place to develop as athletes and productive citizens. I want to thank the Hornets, Mayor Landrieu and his staff, Vic Richard from NORD and the local neighborhood for supporting this effort.”
To celebrate the NBA Cares Week of Service and the country’s 20th annual “National Make a Difference Day”, members of the Pines Village Neighborhood Association and other volunteers will help revitalize the areas surrounding the playground. The grounds’ clubhouse will receive a complete make-over including a new resource center that will provide the neighborhood with computers and other educational resources. The City of New Orleans has also committed to repair the lights surrounding the entire playground.
“This is a wonderful day for the children of this community,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. ”The single best investment we can make in public safety, education, and economic development is to provide quality recreation programs for our kids. Digby Park is a shining example of what a true public-private partnership can do for recreation in this city. This investment is another reason why we’re so lucky to have the Hornets and Chris Paul in New Orleans. They are true community partners and champions both on and off the court.”
This will be the 11th refurbished basketball court the Hornets have dedicated in the New Orleans area in the last four seasons, and is the fifth that Paul has helped fund. Paul’s refurbished basketball courts include Clay Playground which was painted to be identical to Paul’s high school basketball court, and Hardin Playground which was painted to replicate Wake Forest University. He also dedicated two refinished courts at A.L. Davis, one painted to pay tribute to New Orleans hosting the 2008 NBA All-Star Game and the other identical to the Hornets hardwood at the New Orleans Arena.
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