The LISC/ESPN Home Court program today announced $150,000 in new grants to help organizations build or renovate quality basketball courts that contribute to the well-being of their surrounding communities.
Grants will support efforts in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
LISC/ESPN Home Court, launched in 2015, provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations, middle schools and high schools with financing and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local basketball courts in selected markets. It has thus far supported 19 projects and $425,000 in grant awards across the country.
“Basketball courts can serve as tremendous neighborhood assets,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “They provide more young people the ability to access sports, which ultimately contributes to better health and quality of life for those in the community.”
The Home Court program is part of a larger ESPN social responsibility initiative, RePlay that works to revitalize vacant spaces into places for sports, recreation and play.
ESPN believes that, at its very best, sports uplift the human spirit. Its corporate citizenship programs use power of sport to positively address society’s needs through strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations, and employee volunteerism, while also utilizing its diverse media assets. For more information go to www.espn.com/citizenship.
With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America- great places to live, work, visit do business and raise families. Since 1980, LISC has raised more than $20 billion to build or rehab more than 376,000 affordable homes and develop 63 million square feet of retail, community and educational space nationwide.