Basketball courts across the country are essential community gathering places, and there are few courts more well-known and rooted in the local community than Rucker Park in Harlem, NYC. The urban playground game is a rite of passage for basketball players growing up in NYC, and Rucker Park is one of the most historic and iconic playground courts where the best players from around the world come and compete to make a name for themselves.
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THE REFURBISHMENT & REOPENING
Working alongside local community leaders and brand partners, NBPA and its members are undertaking the complete renovation of the court, including the repair and leveling of the court’s pavement, the replacement of the bleachers, backboards and baskets - custom made and provided by Spalding, and scoreboard, the addition of team benches to both sides of the court, and the repainting of the basketball court.
To commemorate the reopening of Rucker Park which is slated for early October 2021, the NBPA and its partners will host a ribbon-cutting day of youth basketball events that will celebrate the shared legacy of Rucker Park and the NBPA. The event will include thoughtfully-designed activities that unite our players’ passion for the game and their commitment to support the local community. Stay tuned for more details!
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Legends x Rucker Brand x NBPA
The NBPA has teamed up with Legends and Rucker Brand to create a limited-edition capsule, commemorating the revitalization of Rucker Park. Dropping in September 2021, the capsule will feature eleven pieces of Legends x Rucker Brand x NBPA apparel, inspired by decades of iconic and culture-defining moments at The Rucker, blending fashion and performance suited for today's athlete. Click below to be the first to know when it is available!