Rapper Meek Mill to give back to the community by renovating his childhood basketball court in his hometown
Meek and PUMA are all set to announce their plans to refurbish and repaint the basketball court at East Fairmount Park on Thursday, October 11.
As a part of rapper Meek Mill's long-term plan to redevelop his hometown, the singer continues to give back to Philadelphia, with yet another new contribution that will be helpful to kids for many more years to come.
Announced earlier today, Meek and Puma are all set to make known their plans to refurbish and repaint the basketball court at East Fairmount Park on Thursday, October 11. This is also part of Puma’s nationwide community initiative to celebrate its return to basketball and the official launch of the brand’s signature basketball sneaker the 'Puma Clyde Court Disrupt'.
To ring in the big moment, Puma Hoops teamed up with musicians Meek Mill, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Michael Bivins, G Herbo and Nipsey Hussle as well as basketball ambassadors Terry Rozier, DeAndre Ayton, and Kevin Knox to help them return to their roots and elevate basketball culture in their communities.
On October 11, Meek will be making a special appearance at the Foot Locker on 69th Street in Philadelphia at noon ET, where fans will have the chance to compete against him in Pop-A-Shot and stand a chance to win exclusive prizes. The first 10 people to purchase the Puma Clyde Court Disrupt will receive a VIP wristband to attend a private event with Meek’s family and friends.
As part of his long-term plan to redevelop Philadelphia, Meek — along with Puma and Roc Nation — will also be announcing plans to refurbish and repaint a basketball court at East Fairmount Park near his old neighborhood. From 3 pm - 4 pm ET, Meek will be at the court to showcase a design of the refurbished project, which was completed in conjunction with Project Backboard.
They put in a full length basketball court this year at Philly’s #MadeinAmerica! I can see it now...@JoelEmbiid vs. @MeekMill in an intense game of knock-out. That’s got #viral written all over it. Also brought back the Ferris wheel and swings. pic.twitter.com/wymZDS685y— Matt Alba (@mattalbaPHL17) August 31, 2018
“North Philly will always be home, so it’s special to partner with Puma, Roc Nation and Project Backboard to give my community a fresh new basketball court,” Meek said. “When kids go to East Fairmount Park, they deserve to ball in the best conditions possible, so I’m glad they’ll have that opportunity now.”
This is not the first time that Meek has been giving back to the society. Recently the rapper announced that his new capsule collection in collaboration with Puma would be able in a pop-up shop that was set up and fans who purchased something from there would be able to redeem the code to download his new album and a few lucky winners would get free tickets to his Made in America 2018 tour.
Don’t Flinch. @pumahoops and @meekmill are disrupting Philly on 10/11 for the #PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt Launch.— Foot Locker (@footlocker) October 9, 2018
Get to the #PUMALab on 69th Street 12PM – 1PM.
Purchase a pair to get VIP Access to the event and opportunity to win exclusive prizes. pic.twitter.com/vAB5w1EjF4
Wondering what kindled all this, it is assumed that he has started to give back to his community after he had returned from jail. Before his capsule collection, the rapper even gave 6,000 backpacks and school supplies to the low-income students from pre-kindergarten right up to the 12th grade in his hometown of Philadelphia. Meek had collaborated with the School District of Philadelphia for the initiative.
Apart from Puma's initiative with Meek, they will be spearheading several more community endeavors across the country – and continent – including:
Chicago (Oct. 11): Rapper G Herbo will be at Tops and Bottoms in Chicago to purchase 15 pairs of the PUMA Clyde Court Disrupt and give them away to kids at a local community center.
New York City (Oct. 11): Rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie and New York Knicks rookie Kevin Knox will be at Jimmy Jazz’s flagship in Harlem, N.Y. from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. ET, where they will give away pairs of the Clyde Court Disrupt sneakers to select fans and play Pop-A-Shot against attendees.
Phoenix (Oct. 13): Phoenix Suns center and 2018 No. 1 NBA Draft pick DeAndre Ayton will be at the Champs at Chandler Fashion Center in AZ. Fans that purchase the Clyde Court Disrupt on-site will have special VIP access to Ayton while others will have the chance to play against the big man for prizes.
Los Angeles (Oct. 18): Rapper Nipsey Hussle and PUMA will unveil a refurbished basketball court at a school in Nipsey’s hometown. PUMA will also be treating the kids to a pizza party to celebrate their new court, which was painted by artist Drew Visuals.