TBT and Atlanta’s Parks and Recreation partner to provide Anderson Park a gymnasium facelift. Pictured: (L to R) Barry Florence, Ludacris Foundation; Ramondo Davidson, Parks & Recreation; Derrick Chase, The Finn Group; LaRian Finney, The Finn Group; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Jon Mugar, TBT President; Jennifer Todd, TBT EVP; Armica Nabaa, Kent Bazemore & ARMS Foundation; Alvin Dodson, Parks and Recreation. Photo courtesy Prime Phocus

The Basketball Tournament gives Atlanta rec center overhaul

Atlanta’s Anderson Park is receiving an overhaul thanks to the Fifth Annual The Basketball Tournament (TBT) coming to Atlanta July 26 to 29, according to a press release. The $2 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event will be held at Georgia State University Sports Arena. TBT partnered with Atlanta’s Parks and Recreation to kick off the weekend games with a ‘Day of Giving’ at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 25.

As part of the ‘Day of Giving’, Anderson Park, in Northwest Atlanta, will receive much-needed renovation work. The recreation center, which services hundreds of youth, will receive an overhaul of its gymnasium including a new electronic scoreboard, six new baskets, new shot clock, and improved lightning. The recreation’s computer lab will also be upgraded.

“The city of Atlanta has been extremely supportive of TBT,” said Jon Mugar, TBT Founder and CEO. “We are excited to deliver twelve of the highest level, intense and compelling basketball games in the world this summer to Georgia State starting July 26, more importantly, we are happy to invest back into the local community. Having an updated sports facility for children to enjoy and be safe is paramount.”

Atlanta resident and NBA veteran Kent Bazemore will serve as the honorary host for the Super 16 round. Residents will have the opportunity to serve their communities alongside Bazemore and former NBA stars on the ‘Day of Giving.’

“Giving back to the Atlanta area is extremely important to me,” says Bazemore. “What better way to enjoy a favorite pastime while investing in young people to reach their full potential.”

For Super 16 game schedules and tickets: www.thetournament.com.

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