The iHoops Court Refurbishment program got off to a great start in 2011.
In all, the program had a hand in the upgrade of three basketball courts--one in Los Angeles and two in Houston. More projects are planned for 2012.
The community outreach started in February, when the iHoops crew traveled to Los Angeles to announce plans to refurbish an outdoor court at the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in the southern part of the city. Many celebrities were in attendance, as well as members of the Ball Up Streetball team. The court received several upgrades with the help of Spalding.
Later in the spring, iHoops headed down deep in the heart of Texas--first in March, where a court at Moody Park in Houston was upgraded. Then, iHoops went back to Houston on April 3rd, during Final Four weekend, for a dedication ceremony of "Tyler's Court" at the Houston's M.D. Anderson YMCA gymnasium.
"This is something that's important for the community and the people who come through these facilities...to continue on, and remember to give back," said Neil Dougherty, the director of programs for iHoops. ""iHoops is so happy to be a part of something like this."
UPDATE: Just a couple of months after the ceremony in Los Angeles, Challenger Boys and Girls club program director Mark Dantzler died of complications from lung cancer at the age of 48. Dantzler was the son of Lou Dantzler, the founder of the Challenger Boys & Girls Club.