Warriors center Festus Ezeli hoists a kid on his shoulder while teammate forward James Michael McAdoo looks along with kids in Oakland.
Last Friday the Golden State Warriors were winding through the streets of Oakland waving to a crowd of an estimated 1 million dedicated fans helping them celebrate an NBA Championship.
One week later there was an equally enthusiastic group of fans but the number was substainally smaller as the organization unveiled two newly refurbished basketball courts in East Oakland at Verdese Carter Park.
Warriors center Festus Ezeli and forward James Michael McAdoo joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Good Tidings Foundation to continue the Makin’ Hoops program.
Ezeli and McAdoo hosted a court unveiling ceremony for 100 students from the Oakland Police Activities League and Oakland Parks & Recreation and engage the students in a basketball clinic on the newly-refurbished courts.
Since 1999, in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, the Warriors have renovated more than 50 courts around the Bay Area. Refurbished courts are resurfaced and receive new backboards, nets, rims, striping and signage.
Established in 2012 in conjunction with the new Lacob and Guber ownership group, the Warriors Community Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
This past year, the Warriors Community Foundation donated over $1.5 million in grants for youth development and refurbished courts in Oakland, San Francisco and Richmond.