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Fila and NBA legend Grant Hill renovate basketball courts in Detroit – Footwear News

A pair of basketball courts in Detroit have had a makeover, thanks to Fila and NBA legend Grant Hill.

The brand and the baller launched a court renovation program in 2019, with the aim of supporting local youth, starting with Hillside Park in Durham, North Carolina. For the second location, they looked to Chandler Park in Detroit.

To bring this effort to life, Fila and the Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation has partnered with the City of Detroit’s Parks and Recreation Division and the nonprofit Chandler Park Conservancy.

Fila said the courts had been completely rebuilt, which included new surfaces, hoops and backboards. Additionally, the courts were painted red, yellow, teal and black, reminiscent of the uniforms Hill debuted in 1996 during his playing days with the Detroit Pistons. Additionally, the courts feature both the Fila and Grant Hill logos, as well as Hill’s jersey number, 33.

The renovated courts of Chandler Park in Detroit.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Fila

“After the year and a half in review, this is a welcome reprieve to provide some positivity and lightheartedness to the Chandler Park community,” Hill said in a statement. “At a time when it is particularly important to stay physically active, we wanted to create a safe and pleasant space, just in time for the start of the school year.

He continued: “I spent much of my professional career in Detroit and am very proud of this city, with lasting memories of my playing days here and the welcome I have received since. I am thrilled to show my appreciation to the community, while providing these children with the opportunity to come out and help them embark on the path to a bright future.

Hill, who wore Fila for much of his NBA career, signed a lifetime contract with the brand in October 2018.

“Fila was there for my first professional steps on the court,” Hill said in a statement at the time. “We have now come full circle and I am delighted to be part of the family again. I am grateful for the brand’s continued loyalty and support as we begin this new chapter together. »