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An Assist From Sprite And The National Recreation And Park Association (NRPA) Helps Three South Carolina Basketball Courts Get Back In The Game

Local South Carolina teens can now express their uncontainable moves on completely renovated basketball courts in the cities of Florence, Columbia and Charleston. Iola Jones Park, St. Anna’s Park and Martin Park, were revamped as a result of the Sprite Spark Parks Project. Each S.C. park received a $15,000 grant for restorations.

“The mission of the Sprite Spark Parks Project is to refresh neighborhood play spaces where teens can be uncontainable, and this year, we’re getting courts back in the game,” said Reginald Bean, director of multi-cultural marketing, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC). “We’re excited to be a part of creating a place for local youth to get out and active, and what better way to celebrate than to provide an amazing setting for young ballers to hone their skills.”

In Florence, S.C. at Dr. Iola Jones Park, located at 800 Oakland Avenue, the grant went to a larger overall project, which included the reconstruction and resurfacing of two asphalt basketball courts, sealing and striping of an adjacent parking area and the construction of a wood fence along Oakland Avenue. A ribbon-cutting led by Mayor Steven Wukela, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Piggly Wiggly and Florence Recreation Department was held on July 10 to celebrate the restorations.

“The Sprite Spark Park grant enabled us to increase the total cost of our restoration project to include a complete resurfacing of the heavily used basketball courts and a badly needed facelift to the adjacent parking area,” said Darlene Buchanan, recreation manager of the City of Florence. “We are proud to work with Sprite, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Piggly Wiggly on this restorative effort because we must preserve and maintain these public spaces to ensure that all can take advantage of the healthy benefits they have to offer for years to come.”

In Columbia, S.C. at St. Anna’s Park, located at 1313 Liberty Hill Avenue, the $15,000 grant funded new asphalt surface on two basketball courts, newly installed basketball goals, restriping of half court and full court lines on both courts and re-grading and repositioning the full court in order to accommodate a future walking trail at the park. A ribbon-cutting will be held on Wednesday, July 24 at noon at St. Anna’s Park to dedicate the refurbished courts. Mayor Steve Benjamin will be joining Coca-Cola Consolidated, Piggly Wiggly and Columbia Recreation Department to kick things off.

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