BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — One neighborhood park is getting a facelift, and an NBA player is behind all the excitement.
NBA and professional basketball player, Langston Galloway, grew up playing ball in the 70805, North Baton Rouge community. He came back to transform the recreational area bringing the dull park back to life.
“It could change a lot of kids’ lives. You’ll get to see a lot of kids come out here work on a game and get better,” said Galloway. “I couldn’t imagine growing up and having that kind of moment in your life, being able to meet somebody and it’s just like, ‘I want to be just like him.’”
Twelve-year-old and future NBA player Adrian Scott had one of these moments. He fell in love with the game of basketball and met, Galloway, one of his role models at Longfellow Park.
“To be honest, I was shocked because I didn’t know that he was actually the person who did the court,” said Scott.
Galloway and his wife Sabrina Galloway, President of the Langston Foundation said their goal was always to connect children with resources in places they come from.
“Being outside was just so instrumental in letting loose. So we knew that, you know, there are great gyms around the city, but we also wanted to start with the outdoor courts because we knew you can’t put a shutdown time on it, it’s open to everyone,” Sabrina Galloway explained.
BREC, Cox, and the foundation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with community leaders and even little athletes themselves to celebrate the renovations. The kids were the first people to play on the court.
“It would be a good thing because they can learn from playing against different people here and anywhere else,” said Scott.
East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Darryl Hurst said this is at the heartbeat of what he wants for his community.
“I step out here today and I’m excited. Like, this is an opportunity for people in this community to realize that people care,” stated Hurst.
“I think it’s a good way to stay in shape, especially, and I think it just helps to stay out of trouble,” said Sports Academy athlete Jamia Raby.
Galloway dubbed this one of the best courts in the area and he’s hoping this gives children a shot at a better future.
“We have six that are top tier basketball hoops from goal to poles, and breakaway rim, glass backboard, and hard, acrylic court like this just has to be had. I mean, I would come out here and play myself if I could,” said Galloway.
This will not be the only area to score these new upgrades. They committed to completing more outdoor courts across EBR.
On Saturday, July 15, the Langston Foundation will hold a basketball clinic for those from eight years old to high school at Southern University Intramural Center. It will start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Click here to sign up.