McMillen Park basketball courts get upgrades after receiving NBA grant

Turnstone has partnered with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation to resurface and enhance four basketball courts in McMillen Park, featuring a giant four-court mural installed by local artist Andre Portee.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 4:38 PM
Updated: Oct 17, 2020 8:55 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Turnstone has partnered with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation to resurface and enhance four basketball courts in McMillen Park, featuring a giant four-court mural installed by local artist Andre Portee.

The project is funded by a $50,000 NBA All-Star Legacy Grant which seeks to expand the accessibility of basketball across Indiana.

Turnstone officials say their application addressed the accessibility of basketball by creating outreach opportunities that will include wheelchair basketball.

“The combination of sport and art creates a powerful environment that uniquely encourages diversity and inclusivity,” said Turnstone Center CEO Mike Mushett. “We are honored to help create a fresh space for people of all ages and abilities to gather and play a sport that is so rich in Hoosier heritage.”

The court enhancements were revealed during a public court dedication Friday morning.

All four basketball courts will be open and available for use this fall.

“We truly appreciate our department’s partnership with Turnstone, along with this generous grant from the NBA All-Star Committee to enhance the basketball courts at McMillen Park,” said Director of Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Steve McDaniel. “Improvements such as this are crucial ways that we can help make our community stronger, and when we have the chance to work with great organizations like Turnstone, these projects are able to take on even more importance.”

The Indianapolis NBA All-Star Host Committee awarded 21 organizations, representing 18 counties, with an All-Star Legacy Grant, the $1 million initiative focused on youth-serving nonprofit organizations across Indiana.

Officials say the initiative provides grants up to $50,000 for each of the selected 21 projects focused on health and wellness or education and will impact an estimated 90,000 youth statewide.

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