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Mobil 1 develops community basketball courts with Project Backboard in Cleveland for NBA All-Star Weekend

SPRING, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Mobil 1™, the official motor oil of the NBA, today announced a new initiative with the nonprofit Project Backboard to revitalize local community basketball courts across the country. The initiative is part of the program recently launched by Mobil 1 Focus program in which the leading motor oil brand helps NBA 2K players hone their skills, while simultaneously adjusting community courts.

“We are truly excited to have the opportunity to work with Project Backboard this year and revitalize the grounds of Merrick House in Cleveland,” said Bryce Huschka, consumer marketing director for North America at ExxonMobil. “The same way Mobil 1 helps drivers keep doing what they love, this initiative helps communities across the country keep doing what they love by updating basketball courts that provide a safe and fun place for people of all ages to go play..”

The Mobil 1-led community initiative kicks off in Cleveland, Ohio during NBA All-Star 2022, and celebrates the reopening of the basketball court and gymnasium at Merrick House. The space, which serves many purposes for the local community, was completely redesigned and redesigned by Cleveland native artist Dakarai Akil.

“Our mission at Project Backboard is to use basketball courts to create works of art that strengthen communities and promote multi-generational play,” explained Dan Peterson, founder of Project Backboard. “Thanks to Mobil 1 and Dakarai Akil, and Luis Perez of HERO Flooring LLC, we were able to recreate the grounds of Merrick House, which is rich in history but needed updating. and the renovations will have a lasting positive impact on the community.

Merrick House has been an integral part of the Cleveland community for over 100 years while providing its members with a wide range of meaningful services, including child care, early education and adult education youth mentoring. and leisure. The much-needed renovations to the basketball court will help the neighborhood’s historic core continue to build confidence in its community.

“Throughout its history, Merrick House has been a place to come for support, growth and learning as well as an escape from everyday stress,” said Harriet Hadley, Executive Director of Merrick House. “We are very grateful that Mobil 1 and Project Backboard recognized how special our space is for the community and chose us to be part of the Focus initiative. We know that our members, especially the children, will greatly benefit from the new basketball court.

Former Cleveland Cavaliers player and NBA champion Channing Frye will join Mobil 1 and Project Backboard at Merrick House on February 18 to celebrate the opening of the new gymnasium and meet community members who will benefit from the renovation. Frye, who has created various foundations throughout his career to help young children and give back to the cities that are important to him, reinforces his commitment to supporting at-risk communities with his involvement in the Focus initiative.

“The work that Mobil 1 and Project Backboard are doing in Cleveland is truly meaningful,” said Channing Frye. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to return to a city that holds a special place in my heart to help reopen a space that has such a positive impact on the community.”

As part of efforts to improve facilities at Merrick House, leading technology company Microsoft and non-profit organization Hoopbus will join Mobil 1 and Project Backboard for the unveiling event in Cleveland. Microsoft will showcase the newly upgraded computer lab and Hoopbus will welcome community members to exciting programming while using the new gymnasium.

About Mobil 1

Mobil 1™ motor oil is the world’s leading brand of synthetic motor oil. Our advanced technology allows Mobil 1 engine oils to meet or exceed some of the toughest industry standards and provide exceptional protection even under extreme driving conditions. Mobil 1 engine oil is designed to help protect critical engine parts, maximize engine performance and extend engine life. For more information, visit us online at or follow @Mobil1 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About the project panel

Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to renovate public basketball courts and install large-scale artwork on the surface to strengthen communities, improve the safety of the park, encourage multi-generational play and inspire people to think more critically and creatively about their environment. For more information, visit us online at or follow @project_backboard on Instagram.