LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The first of many Cardinal Community courts was dedicated Thursday at Murdock Park in Lafayette. Former Boilermaker and NBA champion Brian Cardinal is back in the area working for the John Purdue Club and giving back to the community.
The project started last spring and includes new backboards, lights, some seating, court resurfacing, painting the court to look like the Mackey Arena basketball floor and bearing the name Purdue Cardinal Community Hoops. Cardinal will make periodic appearances at the court and a maintenance plan will be in place to assure the court's upkeep. The project is sponsored in part by Managed Health Services (MHS).
"MHS wants to improve the quality of life for Indiana residents, and we feel that providing beautiful and safe parks for our children to play in is a great start," said Patrick Rooney, MHS president and CEO. "We are committed to transforming the health of the community one person at a time, and we see this partnership with Purdue sports as a unique opportunity to continue that purpose."
David Wilson, Purdue University's licensing director, said, "We have put together a rather unique partnership, utilizing needs within the community, Brian's desire to give back and our licensing department's connections allowed us to begin the process of upgrading playgrounds, starting in the Lafayette area by restoring a basketball court that is in a state of disrepair."
The program, as it gains momentum, will lead to similar projects involving Cardinal and other former Purdue players around the greater Lafayette area, Indiana and beyond.
"I think having the opportunity to come back here and work and be a part of the John Purdue Club and Purdue University has been great and we've been talking for some time on trying to find ways to get involved in the community and just have an opportunity to make an impact," said Brian Cardinal.
Purdue fans have the opportunity to inspire future Boilermakers and contribute to the program by merely buying merchandise from the Community Hoops/6th Boiler line. For each Community Hoops/6th Boiler item purchased, the vendor makes a donation to the Community Hoops fund.
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