LAS VEGAS: (KLAS) – The city of Las Vegas on Saturday unveiled two newly renovated basketball courts at the Doolittle complex in West Las Vegas.
The Shaq Courts were renovated with a $ 200,000 donation from the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and Icy Hot to the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE for basketball court renovations.
“It’s very gratifying for me on a personal level as I have lived in Las Vegas and I know firsthand the difficult times these areas have gone through in the past,” said O’Neal.
The renovation of community basketball courts is part of the “Courts Comebaq” initiative which renovates existing public basketball courts across the country to ensure that young athletes can return to the game.
Improvements to the courts include a new upholstery, custom floor colors and graphics, shade structures, seating, new basketball standards and a state-of-the-art Daktronics LED dashboard.
“As the name suggests, the Historic Westside is one of our city’s most historically significant areas with the Doolittle Complex at its center as the main gathering place,” said Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman , city of Las Vegas.
As part of the ceremony, the mayor honored the famous basketball player with a key to the city.
After the unveiling, residents of the surrounding West Las Vegas neighborhood attended a community celebration that included a basketball tournament.
To support this effort and raise additional funds, Icy Hot® and the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation organized the “Icy Hot x NBA 2K22 Charity Game ”on the Twitch esports platform in early October.