As part of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary, the NBA family will create and dedicate more than 50 new Live, Learn, or Play Centers during the 2021-22 season. To learn more about what NBA teams and global regions are doing in their communities, please continue to check NBA 75th Anniversary hub throughout the season:
NBA Team Live, Learn or Play Projects
The Atlanta Hawks will unveil two backboard installations as part of their larger Forever 404 campaign, that installs backboard in shared community spaces in neighborhoods throughout the city.
In November, the Boston Celtics unveiled a newly-renovated gymnasium at the Boston Centers for Youth & Families’ Vine Street Community Center to honor the life and lasting legacy of Terrence Clarke, who was slated to enter the 2021 NBA Draft but was tragically killed in a car accident this spring.
The Brooklyn Nets will refurbish a fitness center and teen game room at the Miccio Community Center that offers year-round activities for residents of Red Hook East, the largest NYC Housing Authority development in New York City.
The Charlotte Hornets will renovate Allenbrook Elementary School’s media learning center to empower and enable both students and families to work independently and collaborate to achieve success and results.
The Chicago Bulls will help Chicago Mobile Makers – a local nonprofit organization that offers youth design-thinking and problem-solving workshops – to develop its first-ever brick and mortar space for programming. The project will help build a permanent space to enhance Chicago Mobile Makers’ programming and to create a safe space for learning and exploring in the Humboldt Park community – which is primarily Black and Latinx.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will refurbish a Cleveland Neighborhood Resource Center, creating a Mindfulness Learning Space for the neighborhood and guests it serves. This space will feature a calming space with soft furniture, a fish tank, yoga mats and more for members to take the time they need to recenter and support their mental wellness.
The Dallas Mavericks will refurbish basketball courts at the For Oak Cliff Community Center.
The Denver Nuggets will renovate the education and teen centers at the Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club.
The Detroit Pistons will renovate a home with Brilliant Detroit.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors will refurbish an outdoor basketball court and kitchen utilized by students and staff to promote healthy lifestyles at the City of Dreams community center in San Francisco.
The Houston Rockets will refurbish an outdoor basketball court and pavilion space as well as a new reading and technology center at the Moody Park & Community Center near Northside Houston.
The Indiana Pacers will refurbish basketball courts at Brookside Park, providing new flooring, nets and seating for the park, which offersprogramming for more than 30,000 community members.
The LA Clippers will partner with the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks to enhance the refurbishment of a Clippers Community Court at a local center in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers will refurbish a teen room at the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley, providing new technology, book, games, and furniture to be utilized by the club’s members.
The Memphis Grizzlies will help update multiple spaces at Rozelle Elementary School, the only Creative and Performing Arts Optional Elementary School in Shelby County Schools. The Grizzlies will expand the school’s theater, dance studio and basketball court to include a green space.
The Miami Heat will create the 21st HEAT Learn and Play Center in South Florida during the Spring of 2022. As part of this incredible transformation, the Heat will renovate an existing room into a Heat-Themed area while providing the benefitting youth with a safe place to play and resources to help them explore their academic interests.
The Milwaukee Bucks will refurbish a gymnasium for Safe & Sound, an organization focused on reducing violence in Milwaukee neighborhoods through resident-led programs.
The Minnesota Timberwolves will refurbish a playground and basketball court at the Washburn Center for Children, Minnesota’s leading children’s mental health center.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans will work to restore a recreation facility that was devastated by Hurricane Ida.
New York Knicks
The New York Knicks will refurbish an outdoor basketball court and provide new equipment to the Frederick Douglass Community Center together with Children’s Aid Foundation.
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder will assist The Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City in needed refurbishments, providing new floors in its lobby and walkways as well as fresh paint to areas most utilized by the nearly 1,000 local youth the club serves.
The Orlando Magic will create a Magic Learning Room at the Callahan Neighborhood Center, providing new educational and recreational spaces.
The Philadelphia 76ers will refurbish an indoor court at the Crane Community Center in Chinatown in efforts to engage and support the local AAPI community.
The Phoenix Suns will dedicate a new outdoor basketball court at the New Pathways for Youth in south-central Phoenix.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers will refurbish a gymnasium at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club in efforts to create a state-of-the-art basketball facility for members.
San Antonio Spurs
The San Antonio Spurs will unveil a refurbished gymnasium at Karma Youth Empowered.
The Sacramento Kings will refurbish an indoor basketball court at the YMCA Sacramento-Central Family, where the team and club sponsor Jr. Kings basketball programs.
The Toronto Raptors will work together with NBA Canada and the Sheguiandah First Nation to design and build a new outdoor basketball court for the community. Sheguiandah First Nation is an Anishinaabe First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
The Utah Jazz will unveil a refurbished gymnasium at the YWCA Utah in Salt Lake City. The gym was originally built in the 1950s.
The Washington Wizards will transform an outdoor teaching garden and outdoor classrooms at The Unseld’s School, founded in 1978 by former Washington Bullet head coach. The team will also refurbish a basketball court, entry and parent lobby.
Regional Live, Learn or Play Centers
The NBA family will donate technology equipment to seven Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa to align with and uplift existing STEM and technology programs. Additionally, NBA Africa will also refurbish a court at one of the community centers.
The NBA family will revitalize two basketball courts in the Philippines.
Together with the Toronto Raptors and the Sheguiandah First Nation, NBA Canada will design and build a new outdoor basketball court for the community. Sheguiandah First Nation is an Anishinaabe First Nation on Manitoulin Island.
The NBA family will refurbish various community basketball courts to be utilized for oncourt youth development programs.
Europe and the Middle East
The NBA Family will create a Sensory Integration Room and Interactive Technology Room as well as refurbish the basketball court at Profesor Sebastian Burgos Public School of Valencia for children with disabilities in Spain.
The NBA family will refurbish a space in India for young people to learn in play in the new year.
The NBA family will refurbish two public courts in Argentina and one in the Dominican Republic.
The NBA family will refurbish a court and computer lab at Escuela Primaria Heroínas Mexicanas in Barrio de Santiago.