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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 04/07/13
Mayor Kasim Reed, NCAA Representatives Unveil Basketball Court Renovations at Dunbar Center of Hope
Renovations include new gymnasium floor, new backboards, additional seating and fresh paint
ATLANTA - Mayor Kasim Reed was joined today by representatives from the NCAA and the Tyler Ugolyn Foundation, city officials and members of the Mechanicsville community for the unveiling of the basketball court renovations at the Dunbar Center of Hope. The renovation was part of the “4 Courts in 4 Days” program; an annual initiative that takes place in the host city for the Men’s Final Four and provides new equipment to local community sports programs. Renovations for the court included a new gymnasium floor, new backboards, additional seating and fresh paint.
“We are grateful that the NCAA selected the Dunbar Center of Hope as the recipient of a total court refurbishment,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. “Our Centers of Hope have provided hundreds of children with safe, structured learning environments and this program will further our commitment to making a tangible difference in the lives of young people.”
In addition to the basketball court renovations, the Peachtree Hills Center of Hope, the Harland Boys & Girls Club and the George Washington Carver Boys & Girls Club received generous donations of new sports equipment. In total, four facilities benefitted from the 2013 “4 Courts in Days” program.
“The NCAA, in cooperation with our community programs partners and suppliers, is very happy to receive the opportunity to work with Mayor Reed and the City of Atlanta to continue efforts in providing children with quality athletic recreation facilities in their communities” said Victor Hill, NCAA Associate Director for Championships, Community Programs & Youth Clinics.
As part of the unveiling, the Dunbar Center of Hope basketball court was dedicated to The Tyler Ugolyn Foundation in honor of Tyler Ugolyn, a former NCAA student-athlete who tragically passed away in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Following the ceremony, the children at Dunbar Center of Hope participated in a clinic led by the NCAA.
Atlanta is the host city for this year’s Final Four, which also falls on the NCAA’s 75th anniversary. This year is also the first time that the NCAA has hosted Division 1, 2 and 3 Championships in the same city on the same weekend. More than 100,000 people are expected to attend Final Four weekend activities with an estimated economic impact of $70 million.
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