Warriors Refurbish Island Park’s Courts

Ekene Ikeme     Alameda kids couldn’t wait to take their turns at shooting hoops at Washington Park’s newly refurbished basketball courts. The new courts were unveiled last Friday.

 

The Golden State Warriors Community Foundation unveiled two newly refurbished basketball courts at Alameda’s Upper Washington Park at a ceremony Friday, Sept. 29. Hundreds of Alamedans were in attendance. 

The Warriors worked in partnership with the Good Tidings Foundation, Aquafina and the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex to bring the new courts to Alameda. The courts are painted in Warrior blue. The Warriors’ logo now appears at the half-court line and the Alameda Recreation and Parks logo along the sidelines.

The ceremony was hosted by NBC Sports Bay Area anchor Fallon Smith. Former Warriors guard and current NBC Sports Bay Area broadcaster Kelenna Azubuike gave a speech preaching the importance of kids going outside and staying active. A member of the Warriors Foundation also unveiled a large $60,000 check that represented the money accumulated through Alameda Theatre & Cineplex’s live simulcast showings of Warrior playoff games the last three years.

Several Alameda civic leaders including were in attendance last Friday including Vice Mayor Malia Vella, city councilmembers Jim Oddie and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and Alameda Recreation and Parks Department Director Amy Wooldridge.

After the ceremony kids took part in a Warrior basketball clinic where they learned dribbling, shooting and passing skills. The new courts are part of the Makin’ Hoops program, a program created in a partnership between the Warriors Community Foundation and Good Tidings, which has built 70 new courts around the Bay Area. Washington Park is located at 740 Central Ave.