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Foundation to assist in court refurbishment

10/10/2013, 1:07 p.m.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation has partnered with the Hoops for Youth Foundation to help refurbish a basketball court at Horton’s Kids that will be unveiled later this year. The community center located in Washington, D.C.'s Ward 8 currently hosts the only basketball court for kids in that community.

“We are very excited about this new relationship with Monumental Sports & Entertainment Foundation,” stated chairman of the Hoops For Youth Foundation Paul Miller. “Their commitment to the kids of D.C. and to rebuilding this court is so important to the lives of these kids. This court represents another opportunity for them to use the skills they develop on this court in the classroom and their daily lives.”

More than 500 children from the neighborhood (where the average annual income is $10,000) will be able to use the new court. Volunteers at Horton’s Kids use basketball as a way to provide leadership and empower the children in the community. The $50,000 grant provided by MSE Foundation will allow Horton’s Kids to continue to reach as many kids as possible.

“We are very excited to have these wonderful partners come together and respond to a community need in Ward 8,” said Brenda Chamberlain, executive director of Horton’s Kids. “It’s a great feeling knowing there is a safe space where these kids can be kids in their own neighborhood and I’m personally looking forward to seeing their reactions when the basketball court is unveiled.”

This will be the first court refurbishment by MSE Foundation as it recently supported the efforts of KaBOOM! for a playground build at Eagle Academy Public Charter School in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

“MSE Foundation is thrilled to fund our first basketball court refurbishment project with the Hoops for Youth Foundation at Horton’s Kids,” said Elizabeth Wodatch, executive director of MSE Foundation. “The organization and the neighborhood it serves deserve a safe place where their children can play. We hope this is the first of many court refurbishment projects funded by our foundation.”