ATLANTA HAWKS FOUNDATION TO RESTORE HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOOD BASKETBALL COURTS WITH $50,000 GRANT

Renovation of Four Basketball Courts Slated for Central Park in Conjunction with Year of Boulevard Initiative

ATLANTA, September 19, 2012 - The Atlanta Hawks Foundation today announced the donation of $50,000 to the City of Atlanta to restore all of the basketball courts in the Old Fourth Ward’s Central Park. The donation to Central Park is in support of Atlanta City Councilmember 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. Renovation of the four courts will begin the week of September 24 and be completed by the end of October.

“The Atlanta Hawks Foundation strives to insure that the future of Atlanta’s youth is bright and to help our city’s young people realize their dreams,” said Bob Williams, President of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “By renewing a sense of community at Central Park through the sport of basketball and by supporting Councilmember Kwanza Hall’s Year of Boulevard initiative, our hope is that we are making a positive difference in the lives of all residents of Old Fourth Ward through this investment in Atlanta’s youth. 

Annually, Central Park 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.”

Each of the basketball courts will receive new paving, painting, backboards and rims and 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.

About the Atlanta Hawks Foundation

The Atlanta Hawks Foundation has, since its inception in 1988, contributed millions of dollars in monetary and in-kind donations to the community, including awarding scholarship to high school seniors and providing grants to local nonprofits. The Atlanta Hawks Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of Georgia youth by inspiring them to develop a passion for learning and a commitment to physical fitness and recreation. By creating programs and forging partnerships with local agencies, the foundation continues to impact the lives of Georgia's young people.