The Atlanta Hawks organization issued a news release announcing the team’s Foundation is donating $50,000 to the city of Atlanta in order to restore all of the basketball courts in the Old Fourth Ward’s Central Park.
The Atlanta franchise noted “the donation to Central Park is in support of Atlanta City Council member Kwanza Hall’s Year of Boulevard initiative, a comprehensive effort aimed at revitalizing Council District 2’s Boulevard corridor through public safety improvements, social and economic development opportunities, and youth programming.”
According to the news release, Central Park annually “serves more than 500 kids under the age of 18 through summer basketball leagues and after school programming. The renovation of the four basketball courts marks the first investment in the neighborhood park in more than a decade and the largest single donation to the Year of Boulevard initiative to date.”
“This is a great vote of confidence in the future of the Boulevard corridor,” said Atlanta City Councilmember Kwanza Hall. “When I was growing up in the Adams Park neighborhood, quality athletic facilities reinforced the positive messages that we received from our parents, pastors, and teachers everyday: that we were valued, that good sportsmanship would be rewarded, that team work was the dream work. I am grateful to the Atlanta Hawks Foundation for helping us bring that message to Boulevard youth today.”
Renovation of the four courts started earlier this week on Monday, Sept. 24 and is expected to be completed by the end of October.
Each of the basketball courts will receive new paving, painting, backboards, rims and will also be branded with the Atlanta Hawks logo.
For more information on The Atlanta Hawks and all of the team’s community outreach, please visit www.hawks.com.
For more information on the Year of Boulevard, please visit www.yoboulevard.com and District2Atlanta on Facebook.