On Saturday, day two of Dwyane Wade’s Celebrity Sports Academy took place in southwest suburbs of Chicago with some very special guests on-hand.
The event took place over four days in July. The first part of the camp took place in Miami on July 6 and 7, with the second part taking place in Chicago on July 19 and 20 at Lincoln-Way Central High School.
Over the two days Wade and co. worked with campers on a variety of athletics skills tied to basketball, soccer, football, and cheer. The camps primarily focused on the fundamentals and life lessons that can be learned through sports.
Wade always promises to come through with great guests for the youth during the Celebrity Sports Academy and he definitely produced this weekend.
Some of the great guests that came through over the two days in Chicago included (but weren’t limited to): Chicago Red Stars defender Arin Wright, Sky forward Cheyenne Parker and Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.
The Wade Sports Academy ultimately strives to “develop the physical side of our young athletes, but also that of their mental game and personal confidence.” They continued to do all they could to meet that goal this summer and you can ultimately call the first year of the program with post-NBA retirement D-Wade at the helm a success, with the help of some of Chicago’s top athletes.
On Saturday NBA Cares, jr. NBA, EA Sports, Wendell Carter Jr., Complex and artist Hebru Brantley teamed up to renovate the MetCalfePark basketball court in honor of slain teenager Darius Brown, who was fatally shot and killed on August 3, 2011.
Chi-town native @hebrubrantley blessed Metcalfe Park with his FlyBoy character that represents “hope & optimism with the belief that no matter where you’re from, no matter what their circumstances, anything is possible.— EA SPORTS NBA LIVE (@EASPORTSNBA) July 20, 2019
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Chicago, Windy City, where grit turns into glory. The Community breathing new life at MetCalfePark basketball court. Chi native and iconic artist @hebrubrantley blesses the court with his FlyBoy character that represents “hope and optimism that makes people believe that no matter where they are from, no matter what their circumstances, anything is possible. FlyBoy is about taking flight and believing in yourself enough to reach your true potential. Thank you @nba , @nbacares , @hebrubrantley & @complex #ComplexCommunityWeek In remembrance of Darius Brown 🙏
The court was re-designed with Brantley's FlyBoy character as the centerpiece.
The FlyBoy character represents “hope and optimism that makes people believe that no matter where they are from, no matter what their circumstances, anything is possible."
The event hosted by NBA Cares—and also a part of Complex Community Week—featured Wendell Carter Jr. conversing with the kids and helping "Slam Dunking Science Teacher "Jonathan Clark with an awesome dunking display for the kids.
Metcalfe Park's (43rd State) new look is amazing and the FlyBoy image serves as the perfect image for the court.
As Hebru Brantley states, "FlyBoy is about taking flight and believing in yourself enough to reach your true potential."