Two basketball courts now have a much-needed facelift, thanks to Lowe’s and the Charlotte Hornets. In 2016, the Hornets committed to renovating basketball courts in three Charlotte, North Carolina parks as part of the Hornets Legacy Project. This year, Lowe’s joined the effort by helping renovate two basketball courts at Tuckaseegee Park.
What do two upgraded basketball courts mean to a community of more than 100,000? Ask Walter Young, who’s been using Tuckaseegee Park for 17 years. Young’s two sons grew up playing basketball there while he coached. He now serves on Mecklenburg County’s North Park Advisory Council, representing Tuckaseegee and providing a voice for the community.
“This is a great opportunity for the center itself because not only do these courts enhance the grounds, they will give a different light on the facility,” Young said. “The basketball courts will let the community know they are cared for.”
The community came out to celebrate the refurbished courts at a special ceremony hosted by the Hornets and Lowe’s. Fifty students from a local elementary school attended and participated in a Jr. NBA Clinic immediately following the court dedication ceremony. These students worked on drills and skills with Hornets players.
Lowe’s volunteers who played college basketball or who coach youth sports also helped as part of a company-wide initiative called Give Back Time. As part of this program, full-time Lowe’s employees who have been with the company for at least one year can spend 8 hours volunteering with a nonprofit organization of choice. These volunteers donated their time to the Charlotte Hornets Foundation.
Earlier this year, the Hornets and Lowe’s partnered to address critical repairs at four Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. During that series, Kemba Walker and Marvin Williams surprised an elementary school with news they’d be getting an updated basketball court.