Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is spending his offseason giving back by renovating his local basketball courts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
“It’s a very exciting day for me. I have good memories of my childhood in Ljubljana. These are the grounds of my childhood where I learned and practiced the game,” said Doncic.
“It is an honor to be able to give back to my city and to my country which has given me so much and which I love. The ability for children to play on the same grounds and pursue the same dreams as me is something that excites me.
What an honor to partner with 2K Foundations and rebuild the courts of my childhood. Thanks! pic.twitter.com/k7zYfD4OJD
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) September 4, 2021
2K Foundations is the philanthropic arm of 2K, which helps serve communities by investing in local programs and with Doncic gracing the cover of the NBA 2K22 video game, it wants to give young children a chance to play on local courts as they see fit. did growing up.
“Foundations play a very important role for 2K and our sports titles. We are incredibly proud of the contributions made to communities, from courthouse renovations to STEM programs. Since 2018, the foundation has completed more than 40 community enrichment projects, reaching communities around the world,” said David Ismailer, President of 2K.
“We are honored to have created a program that helps give some of the greatest athletes and talents in the world, such as Luka, the chance to connect more with the communities that mean so much to them.”
The two-time All-Star designed the new courts and enlisted the help of local graphic designer Nejc Prah to bring his vision to life, with his new ‘LD’ logo which incorporates his initials, jersey number 77 and arrows to represent his deceptive style of play. The “S” in the middle of the logo is a nod to his native Slovenia.
Doncic, who led his country to its first Olympics this year, unveiled the pitch with local children invited to compete, play 3-on-3 games and skill challenges, offering prizes in partnership with his other sponsors Jordan Brand and BioSteel.
“Luka’s return to his hometown and the dedication of these courts to his hometown is such an honor,” said Ljubljana City Mayor Zoran Janković.
“He continues to represent Slovenia in the world, and we are proud of what he has done for our country, not only in the Olympics but also in his efforts in the NBA”, “He loves Ljubljana, and the city and the countries love it.”
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