Project Blacktop is an idea for a nonprofit charity whose goal is to beautify urban areas of St. Louis with functional outdoor basketball courts that serve as hubs for the neighborhood and host community building events. Our minimum goal is $10,000. This amount would fund a half court. Our over-all goal is $15,000 so we can fund a full court. Location TBD.
Project Blacktop aims to renovate or build basketball courts that are eye-catching and appealing. These courts will have green space around them. There are many empty unused lots in St. Louis and these courts would be the perfect opportunity to renovate ugly lots. Once built, these courts would be opened with a block party inviting the neighborhood, and have a basketball clinic for children or a 3 on 3 basketball tournament to participate in. The courts would have to be well lit for night time activities.
Funding Project Blacktop would look for funding from donors, but mainly they would host 3 on 3 basketball tournaments for charity and helping these basketball courts stay nice, well groomed and able to host events for the surrounding neighborhood. These potential 3 on 3 tournaments do not have to be within the neighborhood, they can be anywhere in St. Louis while raising awareness about St. Louis's growing unused, empty lot problem within the city. These courts would be sustainable in that their basketball courts would be lit by solar power and the money to support them would be raised within the community. During summer months these basketball courts could be used to host a summer basketball league where potential St. Louis basketball celebrities or NBA players would attend and draw crowds to support our city and support basketball within St. Louis. Weekend Clinics would happen often and could be hosted by the areas college teams such as SLU and Wash U.'s Men's and Women's basketball teams. These courts would provide a great way for kids to get out in the community and have a positive example of a neighborhood to lean on.