In April 2019 Durham Parks Foundation celebrated the refurbishment of the outdoor basketball courts at Hillside Park. This project was funded by FILA North America and the Tamia and Grant Hill Foundation. In August 2019 the City was awarded a Great Places for Public Art award from the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association for this project.
Grant Hill has embraced the responsibility that comes with being a role model and he continues to inspire the next generation with his on-court accomplishments and his off-court endeavors. His impact has extended beyond the game, striving to improve the community with his ongoing commitment to helping others. As part of the celebration, Hill also received a key to the city where he spent his storied college basketball career.
“The City of Durham has played a vital role in my life and it is truly special to launch this program here and give back to a community that has meant so much to me,” said Grant Hill. “I have always been passionate about setting the right example and motivating youth. I am thankful to the City of Durham and FILA, and fortunate for the opportunity to offer these kids a place to grow, excel, stay active, and enjoy the game.”
Grant and FILA have helped to transform and revitalize the park with the fusion of sport and art. The refurbishment has improved the quality of three courts, offering a clean and safe environment for visitors. The updates included court resurfacing, new backboards, and renewed fencing and landscaping. To create a fun and inviting space for the youth of the community, the design highlights the City of Durham flag and its red, white, blue and yellow hues; the logo of the Tamia and Grant Hill Foundation appears at center court, with additional Hill and FILA branding featured throughout. Local artist Sarahlaine Calva added her colorful perspective, with vibrant, custom artwork that decorates the middle court.
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