With $500 per steal going to refurbish Boston parks this season, Rajon Rondo’s 30th steal Friday night was a milestone moment both on and off the court. With that steal, $15,000 now officially reaches Malcolm X Park in Boston as part of the “Boston’s Got Wings” partnership between Red Bull and Rondo.
Malcolm X Park was chosen for being a historically iconic city playground in need of repair. Voting for the next park to be refurbished is now live at www.redbullusa.com/Rondo, a central hub that also has a real-time tracker to chronicle every additional $500 that is racked up with a Rondo steal. A new court will be selected at each 30-steal interval based on the public voting tally.
Based on Rondo’s career steals average, the season-total donation was estimated to be approximately $85,000, but his current pace would result in significantly more funds for Boston parks.
“It’s great that my play on the court is directly tied to helping Boston parks.” -Rondo
"The City of Boston is thrilled that Rondo is on pace to generate more funds than originally expected, because it means more support for Boston parks," said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “Everyone in our community should rally around Rondo and celebrate his performance.”
“It’s great that my play on the court is directly tied to helping Boston parks,” said Rondo. “Hopefully, I will continue to rack up plenty of steals for my team and for Boston.”
A “Boston’s Got Wings” Steal Tracker is also prominently displayed at The Greatest Bar, located at 262 Friend St. in Boston.
City residents can vote for the courts they would like to see refurbished at www.redbullusa.com/rondo. Some of the candidates include:
1. Harambee Park
One of Boston’s largest parks, Harambee has a total of five basketball courts in two separate areas.
2. Smith Playground
Smith Playground’s two full courts sit in the middle of a 14-acre park that was built in Boston’s Allston/Brighton section in the 1890s.
3. Ramsay Park
Built in the mid-1970s, Ramsay Park sits in the middle of a cluster of streets named after prominent African-American Bostonians - Dr. Andrew Lattimore, Civil War veteran Edward A. Ditmus and William Monroe Trotter, founder of the Boston Guardian.
4. Back Bay Fens
Two full courts are named after former NBA player Jim Bradley.
5. Fallon Field
Fallon Field features two full courts as part of a larger sports complex that also boasts often-packed baseball fields in this West Roxbury neighborhood.