Now open: Refurbished basketball court near Navy Yard

Sports and recreation opportunities within a community can help improve quality of life. Not only do they offer places to gather, but they can serve as a critical space for youths to learn the importance of sportsmanship, team building and self-improvement.

“I’ve seen firsthand how access to a sport and the right resources can affect the trajectory of a young person’s life,” said Derek Lewis, President of the South Division at PepsiCo North America Beverages. “Traveling with my own son to sports camps and games, it’s clear how gaining confidence in a sport translates to confidence in the classroom, and in life. My hope is for youths in my D.C. hometown to discover that.”

That’s why Pepsi is tackling the shortage of clean, safe and accessible basketball courts in the D.C. area in partnership with the Washington Wizards and their family of brands, Monumental Sports and Entertainment. One court refurbishment is already complete at Randall Recreation Center, in Southwest D.C. near the Navy Yard neighborhood.

“Through our Pepsi Stronger Together partnership, our youth basketball team recognized that the court that was frequently used by the community needed a facelift,” said John Thompson III, Vice President of Player Engagement for Monumental Basketball. “We are pleased to have joined forces with Pepsi on this initiative because the court is a place for kids in the Southwest Waterfront communities to exercise and find joy with the game of basketball.”

In addition, the Wizards look forward to running clinics here once the pandemic subsides.

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We want them to see this court as a commitment to them and that when we work as a team, we are stronger together.

Sr. Manager of Youth Basketball for the Washington Wizards Shannon Clancy

The unveiling of the court revealed energetic pops of colors and patterns by artist No Kings Collective that will welcome players to the hoops. It also represents a new bond among young people in D.C. and the sports leaders in their community.

“We want them to see this court as a commitment to them and that when we work as a team, we are stronger together,” said Shannon Clancy, Sr. Manager of Youth Basketball for the Washington Wizards.

This court in Navy Yard is just one of the latest acts of service to the community that Pepsi Stronger Together is honored to take on alongside our partners.

Clancy said, “We hope that others choose to follow our lead and reach out and try to make an impact in their own communities.”