NBA’s Brandon Roy to dedicate a court at Delridge

September 9, 2008 at 4:00 pm | In Delridge, West Seattle news, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

brandonroywikimedia.jpgJust announced by the Parks Department – an event next Wednesday afternoon, with former West Seattleite and current Portland Trail Blazer Brandon Roy dedicating a “refurbished community basketball court” at Delridge Community Center. Here’s the full announcement:

NBA All Star, current Portland Trailblazer, and Seattle native Brandon
Roy is giving back to his community. Along with partners AT&T, Muscle
Milk, and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Brandon will unveil a newly
refurbished community basketball court at Delridge Community Center on
Wednesday September 17 at 2p.m.

ROY COURT is a new and improved version of the original court where
Brandon honed his skills as a youngster growing up in West Seattle*s
Delridge neighborhood. The new court was something dear to *BROY* as
he would often head out alone or with family to work on his game and
escape the spotlight as a high school star at legendary Garfield High
School and later as an All Pac 10 performer at the University of
Washington.

*This place means a lot to me and my family. I can remember my
grandmother taking me over to Delridge CC and later lifting weights
there for the first time. We spent countless hours at this court, it
was our own KeyArena back in the day,* Said Roy. *To be in this position
and remain a part of this community is really special for me and my
family. Even though it*s just a court, we hope the kids in Delridge
take pride in it and make it a special place for the top pick up games
in the neighborhood. We could not have made this happen without the
support of AT&T and Muscle Milk, two of my current partners. They have
been tremendous to work with and we look forward to future community
contributions.*

This is not all that Brandon is doing to give back to the community. In
May of 2008, The Brandon Roy Foundation was established with the goal of
instilling confidence, determination and leadership in young people by
offering support in education, life skills and athletics. ROY Court is a
part of the foundation*s larger objective of providing underserved youth
with adequate resources so that each child can maximize his or her
potential to succeed and be a leader in our community.

3 Comments

  1. Awesome…absolutely awesome. Thank you B-Roy. May all our young people realize their potential. And may our mentors realize their part in helping them get there. – Andrew Mead: HPNA Trustee

    Comment by andrew — 5:06 pm September 9, 2008 #

  2. Thank you Brandon,
    I am mother to kids, that have grown up here on Delridge Wy just like you. You are a example of what determination hard work,and skills looks like.The youth in the nieghborhood can look to you as a affrimation that dreams can come true.
    I am very proud to see you giving back to this nieghborhood. You are now allowing the youth to see that with success there needs to be a giving back spirit. I work at the SWYFS building where there court is located. I have often seen the youth using the court. Now with pride and a smile, I will be watching for the next Brandon Roy!!!
    Congrats on all your success and may you have many long years on the courts,
    Debra Williams Pigott

    Comment by Debra Williams — 1:58 pm September 10, 2008 #

  3. When I first saw the court being spraypainted, I thought maybe some community art was going on. And then I saw it said AT&T and Muscle Milk, and it made me angry.

    I didn’t know the backstory. I didn’t know about Brandon Roy and his history with the area.

    All I knew about was the never-ending “development” of the area (condos and townhouses, chain businesses).

    I don’t mean disrespect to Mr. Roy and I’m glad to see some better equipment–but at what cost?

    At what cost?

    Comment by Megan — 10:34 am October 3, 2008 #

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