In a partnership with the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, BODYARMOR makes a donation that allows Wilson Park in District 2 to become the recipient of a refurbished court
On June 16, 2023, BODYARMOR Sports Drink and The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation today unveiled a newly refurbished basketball court at Wilson Park in Compton, CA to honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s legacy.
The new court located in the Los Angeles area – where Kobe Bryant made a name for himself as a Naismith Hall of Fame basketball player for the hometown Lakers – was renovated as part of BODYARMOR and The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation’s (MMSF) commitment to hydrating athletes, funding youth clinics and refurbishing sporting facilities across the country. In 2022, BODYARMOR Sports Drink announced an official partnership with MMSF, an organization dedicated to creating a positive impact for boys & girls in sports, founded through the vision and loving memory of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.
“Working alongside The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation last year was incredibly rewarding,” said Federico Muyshondt, CEO of BODYARMOR Sports Nutrition. “We renovated nine basketball courts across the country in 2022 and we are honored to be kicking off our second year of partnership and tenth court right here in LA. We hope to make an impact on the community by providing access to sport now and for years to come.”
Having access to upgraded sporting facilities is a common issue faced by many youth athletes in the U.S. and both BODYARMOR and The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation believe that all kids should have an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams through sports. Through these refurbished courts, as well as other focused efforts, BODYARMOR and MMSF are working together to help empower the next generation of athletes nationwide.
“It’s been amazing to have a partner like BODYARMOR, that shares our core values and are committed to making an impact in underserved communities all across the country,” said Kat Conlon, Executive Director of The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation. “The court here in Compton is just the latest example of that, and we’re excited to continue these activations in more cities throughout 2023.”
The court at Wilson Park in Compton, CA is the 10th COURT that BODYARMOR has refurbished across the US in the last year. Previous court locations include Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Phoenix. To complement the court itself, BODYARMOR and MMSF collaborated with local LA muralist, Sloe to create three unique and inspiring murals that bring to life Kobe and Gianna’s legacy and surround the refurbished court.
To showcase the unveiling of the new court, BODYARMOR and MMSF hosted a special event featuring a basketball clinic with a local youth group in partnership with the City of Compton’s Youth Activities League (YAL).
On-site to surprise the youth athletes and keep the energy flowing throughout the afternoon were guests including Team BODYARMOR partner, Trae Young and Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and WNBA Legend, Lisa Leslie. Vanessa Bryant, wife of Kobe Bryant and founder of MMSF, Emma Sharif, Mayor of Compton and Andre Spicer, Compton City Councilmember, were also on-hand to unveil the new court and take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Many of the youth in Compton go on to become some of the greatest in their professional fields – including sports,” said Compton Mayor Emma Sharif. “We are extremely grateful to know that these upgraded basketball facilities will help empower the next generation of athletes to strive for greatness and continue the legacy of Compton.”
“Thank you to BODYARMOR and The Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation for paving the way for the next generation,” said Compton City Councilmember, Andre Spicer. “We are appreciative that our youth will have an opportunity to reach their full potential on and off the court.”
Lead Photo Caption: Members of the Compton City Council stand with pride alongside Atlanta Hawks guard Tre Young, Vanessa Bryant, and former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. District 4 Councilwoman Lillie P. Darden (left), Mayor Emma Sharif, and Andre Spicer (far right) attended an event at Wilson Park on June 16, 2023, where a refurbished basketball court was unveiled. Photo credit: BODYARMOR