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Grant Hill and Fila unveil two new basketball courts in Detroit | Art Stories and Interviews | Detroit

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  • Former Detroit Piston Grant Hill and sportswear brand FILA unveil new basketball courts at Chandler Park on Detroit’s Eastside.

Former Detroit Piston and NBA Hall of Famer Grant Hill has teamed up with sportswear brand Fila to help kids on Detroit’s Eastside live out their sweetest hoops dreams .

Fila and the Tamia & Grant Hill Foundation, in partnership with the City of Detroit’s Parks Division, and the Chandler Park Conservancy, unveiled the new basketball courts which were built from the ground up and come with new surfaces and panels.

The design on the basketball courts may look familiar to many of us as it’s painted in teal, yellow and red with 33 blazes on the court as a tribute to Hill’s days as the Detroit Piston.

To celebrate the opening of the courts, Chandler Park Conservancy is hosting a 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament on Sunday, September 26. All players participating in the tournament must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to an event.

The first pitch Fila and Hill renovated was Hillsdale Park in Durham, North Carolina, the home of Duke University where Hill attended college.

Hill was drafted by the Detroit Pistons in 1994 after graduating from Duke University. It was around this time that Hill landed a five-year, multimillion-dollar contract with sneaker company Fila. Hill continued to play for the NBA for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2013 after 19 seasons. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2018.

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