On Tuesday, Sept. 27, reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose will return to the basketball courts where he learned to play basketball.
This time, however, it's because Rose already scored points that the court will be impressive.
In May, POWERADE pledged to donate $25 to the Chicago Park District for every point Rose scored during this year’s NBA playoffs. POWERADE has committed $20,000 to the rebuilding of Rose's home town courts.
The donations from POWERADE helped the process of restoring the courts at Murray Park Playground, where Rose learned to play ball on the South Side of Chicago. Rose will be unveiling the new courts in front of family, friends and local dignitaries at the Murray Playground Park on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
Joining Rose on Tuesday afternoon will be Illinois Senator Jacqueline Collins, Illinois General Assembly House Member Mary Flowers, Chicago Alderman Latasha Thomas and students from Rose's alma mater, Randolph Elementary School.
The improved area includes new basketball hoops and poles, fresh resurfacing and repainting of the court, new paint and new park signage. POWERADE was joined by Rose’s partner Wilson Sporting Goods, who donated $5,000 to go towards new player benches, and the Wasserman Foundation, which donated $5,000 to improve park landscaping.
The ceremonies will begin at 3:30 PM, when Rose officially christens the court with an inaugural dunk, followed by an adidas youth basketball clinic for the students. The event will also include support and interaction from additional Rose partners Wilson Sporting Goods, Skull Candy and McDonald’s.