This summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves FastBreak Foundation will travel across the state of Minnesota to help neighborhoods take their love of basketball outdoors with the ‘Our Courts. Our Future.’ program, presented by U.S. Bank. The foundation will select four courts throughout Minnesota to be refurbished, and we are calling on fans to help us decide which courts to improve.
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The winning courts will be announced at Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, May 24th at 4:00pm CT. The announcement will be broadcast on Facebook Live.
North Region Courts
Bill LaFave Park
Taft and Crocker Ave., Thief River Falls, MN
This basketball court is in an existing park along the Red Lake River and has received a lot of attention over the past year with proposed enhancements to the beach as well as being selected for a splash pad. This court would become a vital part of the park if improved and would attract youth to utilize the facilities.
520 E 13th St., Hibbing, MN
This basketball court was initially built in 1980 and is located in the most visible corner of the park, in a welcoming, safe area. The court is used by the entire community including the neighboring apartment complexes and nursing home.
Dekko Community Center
107 4th Ave. E, Ada, MN
Improvements to this court would provide a space for kids to start cultivating their basketball skills early as the high school gym is frequently booked. The small community of 1700 has a tradition of growing first class basketball players as the girls team frequently attends and occasionally wins state titles.
Central Region Courts
Kane Meadows Park
2946 Rice Creek Pkwy NE, Blaine, MN
The current condition of this court which is covered in sand is dangerous for the many kids that utilize the park on a daily basis because they could slip and fall.
2450 15th St. N, St. Cloud, MN
This court was originally constructed in 1982 and the pavement is beyond repair deeming it unsafe for use. The court is located immediately adjacent to North Junior High School and is located in a multi-family housing neighborhood, home to many St. Cloud youth of diverse backgrounds and income levels.
6250 Main St., North Branch, MN
The City of North Branch has had improvements for this court in its plans, but completion of the project has been pushed back repeatedly for higher priorities. The court is utilized by school children and community members.
South Region Courts
801 15th St. W, Hastings, MN
These courts are located in one of the more accessible parks to the public. It's centrally located within the city and is one of the most utilized community parks which includes basketball courts, baseball & softball field, sand volleyball courts, playground equipment, picnic shelter, skating rink, and a warming house.
Millard Walker Park
Dover St. and Rose Ave., Worthington, MN
This court is located in an older central Worthington residential neighborhood near the high school, so a large number of local residents and students use the court. The court was originally a tennis court which was resurfaced 20 years ago but is starting to crack and peel.
Franklin Rogers Park
601 Reed St., Mankato, MN
These courts are located adjacent to the Franklin Rogers ballfield which is currently being refurbished. Many neighborhood kids utilize this space and many informal adult groups come here since it is the only place in Mankato where two full size courts are located in a park.
Twin Cities Courts
Groveland Recreation Center
2021 St. Clair Ave., St. Paul, MN
Groveland Recreation Center is part of Groveland Park Elementary School. The outdoor basketball court is used at recess by students, is used by kids in after school programs, and is used by the greater Macalester-Groveland community for practicing and pick-up games.
West Minnehaha Recreation Center
685 W Minnehaha Ave., St. Paul, MN
The outdoor basketball court at West Minnehaha Recreation Center gets a lot of use from the Frogtown community including for 3 on 3 tournaments, practices and pick-up games. The court is also heavily used by students who bus over from Hmong Academy and St. Agnes schools.
WATCH: Cole Aldrich and Tyus Jones Share Their Love For Outdoor Basketball
Timberwolves players Cole Aldrich and Tyus Jones grew up right here in Minnesota, and they know better than anyone how important outdoor courts are for young basketball players. Together the two share the courts they grew up playing on and the role that played in preparing them for the NBA.Watch Video
The Timberwolves & U.S. Bank have partnered with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities to execute these court refurbishments.
Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is a community revitalization partner working with low-income homeowners, nonprofits and small businesses to provide the repairs needed for families to have safe and healthy homes and neighborhoods.