Lowe’s and the Charlotte Hornets unveiled seven renovated basketball courts at Camp Greene Park this month as part of the Hornets Legacy Project. Mecklenburg County estimates nearly 50,000 people use the park each year. The project is the largest court refurbishment in Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation history.
The community joined Lowe’s President & CEO Marvin Ellison, Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield and elected officials to celebrate the courts’ completion.
“It’s important to me and Lowe’s that we serve the community anyway we can. Community service is core to who we are as a company and our culture,” Ellison said. “We are proud to be a greater part of the lives of our neighbors and to give back to causes that elevate the community where we all live, work and play every day.”
Ellison also thanked the Lowe’s employees who helped with the project. Associates from Lowe’s Statesville distribution center helped complete the project, which included installing new bleachers and benches, new trash cans, bike racks, a water fountain and demolishing five courts to create an open green space for park visitors. The seven remaining courts received fresh paint, new backboards and rims.
Lowe’s and the Hornets renovated two Tuckaseegee Park basketball courts last year, and more than tripled their efforts this year as a continuation of the Hornets’ commitment to renovating basketball courts through the Legacy Project that began in 2016.
Hornets players facilitated a Jr. NBA clinic for 90 local students following the dedication ceremony, where the students worked on drills and skills with the team.
When asked at the event what the courts would mean to the kids in the community, Hornets forward Marvin Williams said, “I hope it means a great deal. It means a lot to us players. Every time we have an opportunity to get out in the community, to give back, especially when you are dealing with kids, it’s a fun time.”