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Warriors and other organizations refurbish basketball court in Chinatown

The Golden State Warriors Community Foundation recently revealed a newly refurbished basketball court at the Ping Yuen residences in San Francisco Chinatown.

The foundation partnered with PG&E, the Wender Weis Foundation for Children and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC). The partnership is a part of the Makin’ Hoops program, created 25 years ago by the Warriors Community Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation.

“We are pleased to join the Warriors Community Foundation, PG&E and Chinatown Community Development Center to dedicate this beautiful basketball court at the Ping Yuen residences in Chinatown,” Founder and President of the Wender Weis Foundation for Children, Amy Wender said in a NBA.com article. “This endeavor began before the pandemic and it is exciting to see it come to fruition. This basketball court speaks to the mission of Wender Weis Foundation for Children, which is to create moments of wonder that spark a lifetime of possibility and our legacy gifts to the community.”

This new court in Chinatown marks the 91st refurbished court done by the Warriors Community Foundation. Former player and star Chris Mullin was at the court reveal ceremony and after the ceremony, there was a Warriors Basketball Academy clinic for local kids.

To get the basketball court ready, new concrete had to be installed at the Ping Yuen Residences to expand the playing area. The area was also sanded down and resurfaced with a new paint job in the Warrior colors and logos. Three portable basketball hoops were installed as well as new banners honoring former CCDC Executive Director and community leader, Reverend Norman Fong on the different buildings in the residences.

“On behalf of Chinatown CDC and the Ping Yuen community, I want to thank the Warriors Community Foundation, PG&E, and Wender Weis Foundation for completing this renovation,” Malcolm Yeung, Executive Director of Chinatown Community Development Center, said in a NBA.com article. “We started this process pre-pandemic, so to bring this to the finish line given all the challenges we’ve faced these past two years is nothing short of a miracle. The fact that we are dedicating this court to Reverend Norman Fong is now even more appropriate because the Reverend has always been a Warrior for Chinatown and he himself has also been known to work miracles.”  

The new basketball courts offer more recreational activities for residents at the Ping Yuen residences, which is in the heart of Chinatown. CCDC operates the residence along with 36 others, housing over 4,500 low income families and seniors. The CCDC was formed in 1977 to help increase the quality of life for Bay Area residents and advocate for them.

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