LA Clippers Opened Clippers Community Courts in Watts With Community Activist Stix
By Cameron Buford whatsgoodinsports.com
Last week, on the shared campus of University Pathways Public Service Academy High School (“The U”) and Charles Drew Middle School the L.A. Clippers introduced Clippers Community Courts in partnership with American Airlines. This is certainly consistent with their efforts to make the Los Angeles community a better place with their multitude of events they’ve hosted all year, around the city.
In attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker, L.A City Councilman Joe Buscaino, Watts community activist Stix, former Clippers Alumni Ryan Hollins and Craig Smith. After the ribbon cutting ceremony was complete, the children in attendance were given basketball clinics by the Hollins and Smiths, while the other addressed the media.
It was the passion and support of locally raised and celebrated rapper/writer/ born and raised local Watts community activist producer Brandon “Stix” Salaam-Bailey. Stix also leads the Think Watts Foundation as well as just recently written and produced the Clippers’ “Clip City” anthem for this season.
The facilities include 110,000 square feet of refurbished outdoor space an updated gymnasium with a full-size indoor basketball court, including nine and a half basketball courts, two volleyball courts, two tennis courts, two four square courts, four handball courts, new garden space and a walking path, plus a new exterior paint job for the school gym. Speaking of the Clippers giving back, these new Clippers Community Courts are among to the 350 L.A.’s Department of Recreation and Parks across Los Angeles that the Clippers are currently in the process of renovating.
As the Clippers compete for the appreciation of basketball fans in Los Angeles, they are clearly leaders in the city when it comes to providing for the various communities of Los Angeles. The local children will benefit directly from the efforts of the Clippers and will have new courts to stay healthy and develop their talents. Please share your thoughts on the Clippers generosity and efforts to improve the community by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or reaching out to us on twitter @whatsgoodinsports. Your feedback is very much welcomed and appreciated.