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Renton Community Celebrates New Jamal Crawford Basketball Court

September 24, 2011 logo_Jamal_Crawford_Foundation

For more information contact:
Suzanne Dale Estey,
 Economic Development Director, 425-430-6591 
Preeti Shridhar, Communications Director, 425-430-6569; cell 206-491-8158
Steve Banks, Jamal Crawford Foundation, 206-617-5830

Renton, WA - Renton Mayor Denis Law today recognized National Basketball Association (NBA) star Jamal Crawford at the dedication of newly refurbished basketball courts at Liberty Park. Crawford's family, friends and members of the greater Renton community were on hand to celebrate the unveiling of the Jamal Crawford Court and see Crawford receive a ceremonial key to the city to mark his contributions to youth in Renton and around the country.

NBA star Jamal Crawford, who was an All-American star at Rainier Beach High School and earned the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010, lived for much of his early childhood and youth in Renton. As a youth, Jamal Crawford spent countless days and evenings at Liberty Park working on his basketball skills and honing his game. The Jamal Crawford Foundation has funded significant improvements to the Liberty Park basketball courts, including resurfacing, new back boards, goals and bleachers.

“Jamal – you have honored Renton – not just with your outstanding abilities to play basketball, but also with your generous spirit,” said Mayor Denis Law. “We are extremely proud of your ties to Renton and it is my pleasure to present you with a ’key‘ to the city,” said Mayor Denis Law.

“Being a great basketball player has always been important to me. Being a great person was more important,” said Jamal Crawford. In personal remarks, Crawford also thanked his family and the Renton community.

Community members enjoyed great local food from Jimmy Mac’s Roadhouse, hosted by the Jamal Crawford Foundation. A free-throw shooting contest was held and autographed basketballs donated by Dick’s Sporting Goods were awarded to winners.

Construction on the Liberty Park project began September 6. The foundation’s contractors applied a new acrylic surface on the full court and the two half courts; painted the courts, including a new “Jamal Crawford Court” logo and a side foundation logo; installed new bleachers, and placed an informational plaque about Jamal’s history on the court. The contractors removed the existing basketball goals and installed new “Goalrilla” goal systems. The total value of the donation is over $50,000. The foundation has also committed to 10 years of maintenance costs for normal wear and tear for each of the basketball courts, including backboard replacement at five years, surface cleaning and re-surfacing.

Born in Seattle in 1980, Jamal Crawford was an All-American basketball star at Rainier Beach High School and led the team to a state championship in 1998. After spending one season at the University of Michigan, Jamal was a NBA first round draft pick. Jamal has since played for the Chicago Bulls (2000-2004), the New York Knicks (2004-2008), the Golden State Warriors (2008-2009) and the Atlanta Hawks (2009-2011). He plays shooting guard and point guard. Jamal holds the record for the most 4-point plays in NBA history, and he is one of only three NBA players to score 50 or more points with three different teams. Jamal was awarded the NBA’s Community Assist award in 2007.

He has committed to partnering with the Renton community on a long-term basis to assist those in need, particularly youth.