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Honey Stinger and Angel McCoughtry, WNBA superstar and two-time Olympic gold medalist, are set to unveil two refurbished basketball courts in Atlanta, Georgia. Located at Maddox Park, the courts are restored in partnership with Project Backboard, an organization that renovates public basketball courts with the goal of creating welcome spaces for the community.
Sport has the power to transcend socioeconomic barriers and transform lives. But that’s only possible when aspiring athletes have access to the proper facilities and safe places to practice. McCoughtry and Honey Stinger hope the refurbished courts can be not only the catalyst that inspires local kids to chase their dreams, but also a friendly place for members of the community to enjoy the game of basketball.
“As a little girl, I Ioved the game of basketball. It has taken me so many places I’ve never imagined. I’ve gotten to travel the world, learn different languages, eat different foods - and I never imagined that I’d be at the Olympics” said McCoughtry, who also leads Honey Stinger’s Athlete Advisory Committee. “But the main thing that this game has given back to me is being able to be a philanthropist and give back to others. So with this court with Honey Stinger - we want to show kids that their dreams can come true, too. I can’t wait to hear the stories of little kids that started on me and Honey Stinger’s basketball court up at Maddox Park,” continued McCoughtry.
The official unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony, which is being coordinated by Champions for Philanthropy, will take place at Maddox Park on October 25th. As part of the event, RISE will lead a panel discussion to celebrate Angel's contributions to the game of basketball, exalt her love for her community and empower those present and beyond to lead by example.
Following the ceremony and panel discussion, local youths from the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of America will have a chance to play on the newly finished courts and participate in drills led by local trainers and student-athletes from Clark Atlanta University. McCoughtry’s Ice Cream and Flavor on the Fork will be on site serving food and beverages, and youth participants will receive gift bags from Adidas and Honey Stinger.
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Champions for Philanthropy (CFP) was founded in 2017 to assist professional athletes with furthering their philanthropic endeavors and social responsibility. CFP helps athletes, and other influential individuals, establish and/or manage their nonprofit organizations, as well as create other charitable vehicles, and provides direction and avenues to give back. Learn more at championsforphilanthropy.org.
RISE is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Through partnerships and programs, RISE inspires leaders in sports to create positive change on matters of race and equality. RISE programs build skills and create safe spaces to have difficult conversations. RISE equips students, athletes, coaches and administrators with the tools to be culturally competent, effective advocates for racial equity and leaders in addressing racism, prejudice, diversity and inclusion. RISE's vision is to create a nation unified through sports committed to racial equity and social justice.
Project Backboard is a 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 2015, whose mission is to renovate public basketball courts and install large scale works of site specific art on the surface in order to strengthen communities, improve park safety, encourage multi-generational play, and inspire people to think more critically and creatively about their environment.