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If you are in the metro Atlanta area, and have seen the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Courts popping up in local parks and recreation centers and wondered why? I have an answer for you!
On Tuesday the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm provided school supplies and healthy snacks for 1000 homeless students at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett County.
Gwinnett county native and Norcross High School graduate, two-way Atlanta Hawks and College Park Skyhawks player Brandon Goodwin assisted in packing the backpacks.
Fun Facts : As a teen Goodwin, played basketball at Lucky Shoals Park basketball court when he was a student Norcross High School.
“You never know what someone is going through. It’s a lot of neighborhoods around Norcross. It wasn’t the best neighborhood it wasn’t well off, said Goodwin. “I’m doing what I can to give back, put smiles on people faces.”
Homelessness is a top issue in Gwinnett County, with 90% of the students in schools surrounding Lucky Shoals receiving free or reduced lunches. Many children living in poverty receive supplies when it’s time to go back to school but are not properly equipped for the latter part of the school year. This effort is designed to provide school supplies and healthy snacks for homeless students while providing a platform for teens in the Good Neighbor Club to develop an understanding of the issue and how they can have an impact.
On September 10th the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm unveiled co-branded courts and a State Farm Good Neighbor Club at Lucky Shoals Park in Gwinnett County.
The State Farm Good Neighbor Club at Lucky Shoals was the second of four unveiled in 2019, with the first being at William Walker Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta.
As a commitment to the community the Hawks and State Farm return to these recreation centers and brought community service projects that enhanced the community.
Currently 27 courts in the metro Atlanta area have been renovated, and more courts will be renovated in the future.
Next time you see these courts in the community remember the Hawks and State Farm are promoting more than basketball. They are giving back to the community.