INDIANAPOLIS (March 25, 2015) – The NCAA, Lowe’s, and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful have partnered to refurbish the gymnasium basketball court and provide landscaping and beautification to JTV Hill Park as part of the NCAA Legacy Restorations presented by Lowe’s. Indiana Sports Corp and members of the Indiana Host Committee helped to coordinate the project
“This park has been an important part of the Indianapolis community for over 90 years,” said Allen McClendon, Sr. Manager of Community Outreach, City of Indianapolis Department of Parks and Recreation. “We were thrilled when we found out the NCAA and Lowe’s were going to help us restore and update not only the basketball gym but the landscaping and outdoor area. It’s amazing to see the difference it’s made.”
Interior updates to the neighborhood center included refurbished flooring, painted walls, upgraded backboards and scoreboards and new bleachers. In addition, more than 60 Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers painted exterior doors and benches, updated landscaping and improved the safety of the playground.
“We are very grateful that Lowe’s partnered with us to restore the JTV Hill Center to help it better serve the neighborhood,” said Victor Hill, NCAA Associate Director of Community Programs. “Refurbishing the basketball court and beautifying the park grounds are small changes that affect the lives of many children and young adults by giving them a safe environment to play and participate in activities.”
“Updating JTV Hill Park was a perfect project for our Lowe’s Heroes to be a part of,” said James Jackson, Lowe’s store manager of Indianapolis. “Lowe’s helps people love where they live everyday and tries to do the same thing in the community. It is all about giving back to the neighborhoods where we work and live.”
As part of the 2015 NCAA Championships, the NCAA Legacy Restorations presented by Lowe’s are proud to provide lasting legacies in the host cities of the Men’s Final Four (Indianapolis), Women’s Basketball Championship (Tampa, Florida), Men’s College World Series (Omaha, Nebraska) and Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma City).
About NCAA Team Works: NCAA Team Works represents the ongoing community outreach efforts of the NCAA national office staff, partners and local organizations. Through initiatives such as service learning projects in local schools, disaster relief efforts and volunteer opportunities, the NCAA and its partners work together to leave a lasting legacy in the communities we touch.
Specific NCAA Team Works projects include youth clinics, backpack and school supply donations and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee outreach efforts with Special Olympics and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. NCAA Staff also volunteer for community efforts that support a variety of causes including The United Way.
About Lowe’s: Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 100 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $200 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and LowesInTheCommunity.tumblr.com.
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