The basketball court at the local outdoor sports complex gets a “sweet as candy” makeover

Longwood, Florida. If you’re an outdoor bird, as many of us in Florida enjoy the nice weather that makes it possible to play all year round, you know what those feelings are like on the basketball court. However, it is not just about playing the game that we love and enjoy, but doing so in an environment with a sense of belonging and belonging.

Expect to delve into the Candyland Sports Complex in Longwood, about a 20-minute drive from downtown Orlando, thanks to a team effort from NBA Top Shot, Orlando Magic, and Project Backboard, working in conjunction with local partner Swishh Dreams.

On Thursday, September 22, those organizations teamed up to unveil a renovated basketball court in Candyland, which features a design tailored to the site. Project artist, Swishh Dreams founder Hannah Hunter, mixed basketball with the classic board game, Candy Land.

“I just started out as an innovative logo graphic,” said Hunter, a basketball fan whose mission is to find and renovate neglected public outdoor basketball courts. “Then I kind of worked on it until it was a really nice stadium design. I added Netman in the middle. He’s our mascot, a magical cartoon character of the basketball net that saves the courts. I added the Magic and NBA Top Shot logos (also).”

Impressed by the design, and the overall energy in the park, was charming striker Franz Wagner, who came to celebrate the occasion and help community ambassador Bo Outlaw run a basketball clinic for children aged 10-12 on the court.

“It’s really cool,” said the 21-year-old, who returned from Germany the day before, where he helped his national team win the bronze medal at the 2022 European Basketball Championships. home in Germany. I’m sure the kids will have a lot of fun…sounds dope. “

Another person who has been stunned by the pitch adjustments is Longwood Mayor Matt Morgan, a former professional wrestling star and basketball player at Monmouth University in New Jersey and Chaminade University in Hawaii.

He is happy to have the support of several charitable agencies, including Magic, and believes this will tighten society even more and give children a safe and lively place to spend quality time with friends, make new ones, and play a variety of sports. In addition to basketball, the complex includes baseball and softball fields, new blended soccer fields, a futsal (concrete soccer) field, a skate park, the Velosolutions pump track, the only one in Central Florida, and much more.

“As big as this project was for our community and our city, it was huge,” Morgan said. “In our city, we say it starts with parks. It’s not a cliché or a hashtag or a tagline — we really believe in that, and we’ve proven it here with this park… The thought process behind it is, we want our young people to have safe places to go and either They learn a new sport, be part of a team, and so forth… We do a lot of things with this park. That’s why we’ve now renamed it Candyland Sports Complex – it’s no longer Candyland Park because it’s real, we only have great sports here and we’re very proud so.”

As the NBA Top Shot, the exclusive home of digital collectibles for the top NBAs on the field, has grown their community online, they wanted to find ways to connect them in real life as well. The Candyland Sports Complex, through their partnership with Project Backboard, Swishh Dreams, and Magic, was the perfect location for the first of what they envisioned to be several court renovations across the country.

Working alongside NBA teams, such as Magic, is essential to achieving the community’s long-term goals.

“Team partnership is critical here,” said Meg Patten, who leads events and trials for the NBA Top Shot. “We are an official partner of the National Basketball Association and working with the Magic has been fantastic. They are a world-class organization. They have been integral to the success of this[unveiling of the court].”

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