(Syracuse, NY – August 29, 2009) — The Carmelo Anthony Foundation in partnership with the Jim Boeheim Foundation announced last spring their “Courts for Kids” program, with the goal of building and refurbishing basketball courts throughout the City of Syracuse.
Now, to celebrate the completion of renovations to some downtown Syracuse courts through their efforts, both Anthony and Boeheim will host an exhibition tournament at Wilson Park on Monday, August 31. The two basketball legends, in addition to Syracuse native and NFL star Dorsey Levens, will be on hand to watch the games and welcome children, participants and their families.
The two foundations reached out six months ago to Time Warner Cable and TV One , a cable network recently added to the Syracuse-area lineup, and asked them to join the Courts for Kids program. Through their sponsorship commitment, basketball courts will be built or refurbished over the next two years. This summer, at Wilson Park, the work included resurfacing and painting two basketball courts, installing new hoops and rebuilding the fencing around the park. Atlas Fence provided additional support and services allowing this work to be completed, and Land Masters is providing a monument at the location.
The Exhibition basketball tournament will begin with a short ceremony at 5:15 p.m. Then, 25-minute exhibition games follow beginning at approximately 5:45.
Refreshments and prizes will be provided thanks to the generosity of Byrne Dairy and Coke; ice cream will be offered to all participants, guests and spectators as the event wraps up around 7:00 p.m.
“It’s a pleasure to support The Courts for Kids program, which is designed to offer kids a safe place to play ball, exercise and come together with families and friends,” said TV One President and CEO Johnathan Rodgers. “We like to be a part of the communities we serve, and working with a partner like Time Warner Cable, we know we are making a solid contribution to the community.”
Henry Pearl, Time Warner Cable’s Regional V.P. of Operations, added, “There’s nothing more important to us than giving back to our neighborhoods, and having these refurbished courts for the use of children and their families was a great way to celebrate the launch of TV One in Syracuse.”
Jim Boeheim said, “We look forward to watching our City’s kids playing on these new courts and, who knows, maybe these courts will help us grow our own future local basketball stars.”
Carmelo Anthony is extending the reach of the Courts for Kids program and is also restoring/building courts in Baltimore, Denver and Puerto Rico.
The Boeheims have been active supporters and ambassadors for many local and national charities for more than a decade. Each year, they raise almost $1 million for the Coaches vs. Cancer charity, the nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). They are also active supporters and fundraisers for a number of other local and national charities including Make-A-Wish, Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse, The Rescue Mission, Casey’s Place, The Syracuse Community Health Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center and ARC among others.