You've seen them on instagram and you've probably pinned a few to your boards, but now get to know the organization behind some of the most gorgeous basketball courts throughout the country!
The effort began in 2014, when Daniel Peterson, a former college basketball player and employee of the Memphis Grizzlies’s community investment department noticed that many public courts across Memphis were in need of repair.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this, is the fact that Peterson didn’t have a background in art when he began Project Backboard. “There was no one at my high school or my college who was an athlete and an artist who I could look up to—who was a model for connecting those pieces,” he says. But when he got wind that a local Memphis artist, Anthony Lee, had been commissioned by the city to design shade structures next to a court in Pierotti Park, he began to bridge art and basketball himself. This led to many more collaborations, partnerships with artists and funding.
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