CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The entire Charlotte Hornets team, including Owner Michael Jordan, joined with Charlotte’s mayor and other dignitaries to dedicate a refurbished basketball court at Latta Park Tuesday.
The new court features the team colors and seating. Two other courts are scheduled to be built at Camp Greene Park and Tuckaseegee Park.
After a ribbon cutting, Hornets players and coaches also took part in a Junior NBA Clinic with Dilworth Elementary kids on the new court. The kids learned about shooting, dribbling and teamwork.
“This is going to be a great reminder of how much we love our team and support our team and how they are ambassadors for the City of Charlotte.” said Mayor Jennifer Roberts.
Team owner Michael Jordan hopes the kids and kids-at-heart who will enjoy the new court learn the life lessons that have made him successful.
“As I look at all the kids here today and I see a lot of hope, it reminds me of the great lessons I learned from the game of basketball-- all the things that the game has taught me-- how to work hard every day, the value of teamwork, the importance of communicating with your teammates,” said Jordan. “Winning feels great, but you can learn a lot from losing and competing.”
The courts at Camp Greene Park and Tuckaseegee Park should be completed during the next 12 months.