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Chris Mullin Courts Dedication Ceremony - 4/23/12
April 23, 2012
As a part of the Warriors Makin Hoops program and in honor of Chris Mullins recent Hall of Fame induction and jersey retirement, the Warriors held a dedication ceremony for the Chris Mullin Basketball Courts on April 23.
The ceremony, sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), also featured fellow Warriors Jersey Retiree and Good Tidings Ambassador Nate Thurmond and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.
The Chris Mullin Courts at Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center in Oakland mark the Warriors 44th and 45th refurbished courts in the Bay Area.
Since the programs inception, courts have been renovated and remain a source of neighborhood pride for their adjacent communities. Each court is surfaced and receives new backboards, nets, rims, striping and signage.
The ceremony tipped off with a welcome from Warriors Hype Man Franco Finn ...
... and a special performance by the Flying Dubs.
Youth from Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center, East Oakland Pride Elementary School and neighbors from the local community were in attendance.
Warriors TV Analyst Jim Barnett emceed the event and welcomed all the students, community leaders and guests.
Mayor Quan touched on how the basketball courts will help those in the community. She also presented Chris Mullin with a special proclamation from the City of Oakland, declaring April 23, 2012 as Chris Mullin Day.
Nate spoke about the partnership between the Good Tidings Foundation and the Warriors.
Oakland District 6 Council Member Desley Brooks talked about the Warriors community involvement and what the courts will mean to the park and adjacent community.
PG&E Vice President of Community Relations Ezra Garrett discussed his excitement for the number of lives the court will touch.
Oakland Parks & Recreation student leader Giovanny Ascension helped unveil the official signage.
On behalf of the Warriors Community Foundation, Melanie LeGrande donated basketballs to the rec center and tickets for each child in attendance to the Warriors-Spurs matchup on April 26.
Last but not least, Chris Mullin spoke about how honored and excited he is to have a court named after him. He challenged the youth to take advantage of the courts the same way he did growing up.
After his speech, Chris made his way to center court where he conducted the ceremonial tip for a game with Oakland Parks & Recreation youth.
In addition to receiving Warriors and PG&E giveaways, everyone in attendance enjoyed ice-cream courtesy of Fentons Creamery.
The courts will remain a place that Bay Area youth will enjoy for years to come and perhaps play a role in developing another future Hall-of-Famer.
The Warriors thank NOVO construction for their work in creating the framework for the permanent signage.
The Warriors would also like to thank PG&E for helping make the Chris Mullin Courts Dedication Ceremony such a huge success.