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The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Nike team up to unveil refurbished South Side basketball court

Ribbon-cutting and event will celebrate women in basketball and the South Side community

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and NIKE, Inc. have teamed up to refurbish a community basketball court on the South Side Y’s campus at 63rd and Stony Island. As part of the unveiling, we’re cutting the ribbon on Saturday, July 9 and throwing a community party featuring local female DJs, local female-owned eateries, and more.

Photo opportunities include local professional athletes, public officials, youth basketball clinics, ribbon-cutting for a brand new community basketball court designed by local artist Crystal Zapata, female DJs, female-owned food vendors, giveaways, and community fanfare.

What: HER Court ribbon-cutting, youth skills clinics, local female DJs, local female food vendors, giveaways, and more

Where: South Side YMCA @ 6330 S. Stony Island Ave.

Who: YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago + Nike + Chicago’s South Side Community


  • To unveil and build community through a new outdoor basketball court + celebrate women in basketball

  • At Nike, basketball isn’t just a game, it’s a culture. A place to build connections and community. A place to break barriers and bring people together across communities and generations.

When: Saturday, July 9, 2022:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Tip Off + Ribbon Cutting + Speaker Lineup

  • 11:05 a.m. – Skills & Drills Session #1

  • 11:15 a.m. – Media tour + spokesperson availability

  • 1:05 p.m. – Skills & Drills Session #2

  • All day – DJs, food, giveaways, flogos

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