Luka Dončić and 2K Foundations, “the philanthropic arm of 2K that supports and inspires underserved communities”, worked together to renovate two courts in Dončić’s hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The renovations include new seating and lighting as well as artwork designed by Dončić.
A local artist, chosen by Dončić – Nejc Prah – brought the design to life which incorporates the initials LD and the number 77.
Dončić said: “It’s a very exciting day for me. I have good memories growing up in Ljubljana. These are the courts of my childhood where I learned and practiced the game.
“It is an honor to be able to give back to my city and my country which have given me so much and which I love. The opportunity for children to play on the same courts and pursue the same dreams that I had is something that excites me.
The renovated courts are where Dončić learned to play growing up and as part of the celebratory event he signed the court and dedicated it to the community. Residents were also able to participate in basketball; 3v3 games and clinics were the name of the game.
David Ismailer, president of 2K said;
Foundations play a very important role for 2K and our sports titles. We’re incredibly proud of the contributions made to communities, from court renovations to STEM programming. Since 2018, the foundation has completed more than 40 community enrichment projects, reaching communities around the world.
We are honored to have created a program that helps give some of the world’s greatest athletes and talents, such as Luka, the chance to connect more with the communities that mean so much to them.
Other projects carried out by the 2K Foundations include refurbished courts in Moss Point, Mississippi and Birmingham, UK. Additional projects are underway in LA, Oakland, Minneapolis and New Orleans and are expected to be completed by the end of 2021. For more information, visit the website.