The Atlanta Hawks are taking an active roll of being staying #TrueToAtlanta by playing their part in the growth of Atlanta’s communities. The Hawks recently took to Atlanta’s Bessie Branham Park to give the park a much needed face lift and if you ask me, it’s just what that area of Atlanta needed.
The Atlanta Hawks Foundation unveiled its third renovated basketball court of the year when the Hawks and the City of Atlanta celebrated the newly-refurbished playing surface at the Center of Hope at Bessie Branham Park with a pep rally in East Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood on Sept. 9. Hawks Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors Grant Hill offered remarks on behalf of the organization, and Mayor Kasim Reed teamed with Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong and District 5 City Councilmember Natalyn Mosby Archibong to represent the City of Atlanta at the podium.
The unveiling, emceed by Hawks Public Address Announcer and V-103 radio personality Ryan Cameron, featured appearances by Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr., Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins, former Hawk and Metro Atlanta native Dion Glover, team cheerleaders and mascot Harry the Hawk. The pep rally included a performance by Center of Hope cheerleaders, acknowledgement of local dignitaries in attendance, and concluded with a speech from Meyonna Hammock, an 11-year-old cheerleader who visits the center each day after school. Following the program, attendees were treated to complimentary treats from a food truck operated by The Varsity.
The court renovation at the Center of Hope at Bessie Branham Park marked the third youth basketball court dedication by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation this year: on June 30, the Foundation revealed new courts at Camp Will-A-Way in Winder, GA; and on July 24, the organization unveiled a refurbished, Hawks-themed playing surface at Welcome All Park in College Park, GA. The Foundation has pledged to complete five courts by the end of 2015.
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