CITY DEDICATES BRANDON JENNINGS COURT
COMPTON—Hub City residents came to Tragniew Park with smiles on their faces on Friday, July 13, as the city premiered its newly renovated basketball court with a celebration featuring a free basketball skills clinic, music and lunch.
Compton native and NBA star Brandon Jennings and the Good Tidings Foundation teamed up to fund the remodel, which features a top-ofthe line outdoor court, new rims, backboards and nets.
The Good Tidings Foundation, founded in January 1995, develops projects, programs and scholarships that benefit children in West Oakland, Oakland Hills, Hunter's Point and Nob Hill.
“Jennings is the perfect Los Angeles partner because he understands our goals and objectives,” Harper said. “He will sponsor tournaments in Compton, and hopefully remodel a different court each year.”
“I grew up at the Double Rock Church and attended pre-school at their learning center,” he said. “I also played at Dominguez High School for two years.”
Jennings said his agent introduced him to the Good Tidings Foundation, and the new court looks fantastic because of the group’s efforts.
“I hope everyone has a great time and the facility stays busy all summer,” he said. “This is something I plan to do throughout my career, and I hope to get more projects like this completed in the future.”
The upcoming NBA season should be exciting, Jennings said, and the Milwaukee Bucks should do well.
Interim Parks and Recreation Director Marvin Hunt said he looks forward to a long partnership with Jennings, Harper and the Good Tidings Foundation.
“This demonstrates that people who come from our history-rich city have made their dreams come true,” he said. “Jennings came from this community and he is reinvesting in our youth with the Good Tidings Foundation.”
Interim City Manager Bryan Batiste said the refurbishment would never have been done without Jennings.
“This would have cost the city well over $30,000 because everything was high quality, including the nets on the rim,” he said.
The Wilson Park basketball courts are next in line for a makeover, Batiste said, and he hopes that people treat the improvements with respect.
“The city spends too much money repairing damage to city property and painting over graffiti,” he said. “I hope people recognize its value so everyone can enjoy the court.”
Local elected officials took the first shots, and Congresswoman Laura Richardson led the way by hitting a three-pointer.
“My goal was a women’s professional basketball career after college,” she said. “Now I make it happen in a different court.”
Richardson praised the city for its cooperative efforts to make the new court happen.
“This is what we need,” she said. “Kids excel when they have a nice place to play, and it enhances their future success. I am going to work on my game, and hopefully a celebrity game is in our future.”
City Clerk Alita Godwin said she is on board for a celebrity game.
“I cannot play, but I can certainly coach,” she said. “I perfected my underhand shot when my sons were five,” she said.
The students at the event caught the attention of Compton Unified School District Trustee Satra Zurita.
“I cannot describe how happy I am today,” she said. “The dream is when a successful CUSD student gives back to the community based on the values he learned as a child.”
Plans for a joint basketball project between the city and the school district have already begun.
“I spoke to Mr. Hunt today, and told him that combining our limited resources will benefit the children,” Zurita said.
Juwan Godwin said he looks forward to pick-up games at the park this summer.
“My first modeling showcase is in November,” he said. “I will be playing here during my time off.”
Councilwoman Yvonne Arceneaux welcomed the improvement in her district.
“This is not just a happy day for the kids, everybody is excited,” she said. “The Good Tidings Foundation stands behind Jennings and his dreams for the city.”
Arceneaux stopped short of announcing a tryout with the Los Angeles Sparks.
“I missed my shot, but found out I am good at this,” she said.
Hunt said Arceneaux would beat her in a one-on-one game.
“She has more skills than me,” he said.
Call 310-605-5688 for more information about summer recreation programs in Compton.