Mayor Thomas M. Menino joined All-Star basketball player Rajon Rondo at Malcolm X Park yesterday to celebrate "Boston’s Got Wings,” a basketball court refurbishment program that generated $76,500 to revamp city basketball courts.
For each of Rondo’s 153 steals this past season, Red Bull donated $500 to refurbish the basketball courts overseen by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. 153 kids, one for each Rondo rip this season, were there to celebrate the court dedication and each received a Nike basketball as part of the court unveiling.
"The City of Boston benefits from the excellent and inspired play of Rajon Rondo and the Boston's Got Wings program," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Everyone in our community should rally around Rondo to celebrate his performance.”
“It’s great that my play on the court is directly tied to helping Boston parks,” said Rondo.
Malcolm X Park, named in the book “Hoop Nation” as one of the 30 best courts in the country for pickup games, was one of the parks selected because of its popularity and need for renovation. “Boston’s Got Wings” allowed for a major overhaul of the park’s basketball courts, including replacement of two basketball hoops/backboards, repairs to cracks, and a color sealcoat of four courts.
The other courts that were refurbished as part of the program live within Back Bay Fens, Smith Playground, Ramsay Park and Rogers Park – 13 courts in all that received makeovers.