Spurs unveil newly renovated Spurs-themed basketball court

Karma Youth Empowered, Inc. received the renovated pitch, and Spurs point guard Tre Jones and Coyote were there with the kids.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio Spurs are giving back to the local community in a big way.

Spurs recently unveiled a newly renovated Spurs-themed basketball court at local organization Karma Youth Empowered, Inc. (Karma) as part of the team’s NBA Cares 75th Anniversary Live, Learn or Play initiative. . The court was exposed as the youth basketball teams began their summer leagues. Spurs point guard Tre Jones and Coyote were on hand for a community-wide celebration with food, music and family activities hosted by Spurs and Karma.

To celebrate the NBA’s 75th season, the league worked with each NBA team to create and dedicate a Live, Learn and Play Center in their local communities. The Spurs and their community partner, Frost Bank, have added to the league’s contribution to the project to renovate and build a new basketball court for young people who participate in Karma’s programming.

“To me, this is all surreal,” said Ron Hayes, CEO of Karma Youth Empowered, Inc. “For the gym and as an organization, I didn’t think this could happen to us. I feel so blessed because of Spurs Give and the NBA. With this new pitch, our children will really be able to enjoy it for many years to come and their children will also be able to enjoy it in the future!

Karma is an organization focused on young people of all ages in downtown and southeast San Antonio. The organization aims to improve the quality of life, develop character and expand opportunities for young people through activities that energize their mental, spiritual and physical development.

“We all play a role in providing our next generation of humans with safe and fun places to thrive individually and together, which everyone in our community deserves,” said Kara Allen, Head of impact at Spurs Sports & Entertainment. “Karma gives them the space to enjoy life today, while teaching them how to be leaders through team sports and programs focused on general health and well-being, education and preparing the workforce.”

The new court is part of the Spurs organization’s continued support for Karma. In 2014, Spurs Give gave Karma a $25,000 grant for roof repairs, lighting needs and HVAC updates. Karma has also hosted matches and practices for the Spurs Youth Basketball League.

“Alongside organizations like Karma, we can continue to harness the power of sport to make a lasting positive impact in our city and beyond,” Allen said.

Karma’s mission is to improve the quality of life and expand opportunities for young people through activities that energize their mental, spiritual and physical development; to help young people pursue success in life and to meet the most basic of all human needs – a sense of belonging.

We are a family – a team – passionate about sports. We are passionate about what sport can do for our community – especially our young people. At the heart of this, we believe that sport can provide a family with a common goal and hope for a better future. We are Spurs Give – the official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Since our founding in 1988, we have invested $32 million in our community. Through the passions of our players, our grants, and our impact programs, we are changing lives and leaving a lasting impact. We want. We give. Spurs give.

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