ATLANTA, July 11, 2011 - Thanks to an enthusiastic "sixth man" nationwide effort from residents who voted online, neighborhood basketball courts soon will be rejuvenated and transformed into sparkling places to play. Today, 21 courts were named winners in the first phase of the Sprite Spark Parks Project, earning refurbishment grants of $35,000 and $20,000.
"I know first-hand just how important it is for youth to have a neighborhood basketball park where they can play ball early in life," said LeBron James. "The Sprite Spark Parks Project is a great way to give young athletes the chance to be active and make their basketball dreams a reality by providing them with a fresh place to play the game."
Renovation of the winning courts may begin as soon as this summer*. Funding from the Sprite Spark Parks Project will provide items such as new rims, backboards, court resurfacing, lights, benches and art installations as determined by the park manager. The top vote recipient in each of the program's seven regions will receive a $35,000 refurbishment grant, while the other 14 winning courts will receive $20,000 each.
Decatur's own N.H. Scott III Recreation Center has been selected as 2011 Sprite Spark Parks Project $20,000 Winner!
Located at 2230 Tilson Road, N.H. Scott III Recreation Center will recieve new rims, backboards, resurfacing, lights, benches and art installations created by local artists to inspire play.
Information retrieved from Sprite press release