Photographer - Anthony B. Geathers / Edits - Gavin Blatch
This past weekend, AND1, in collaboration with TNT and Area 21, officially unveiled the refurbished and repainted West Oakland’s DeFremery Park. AND1 aims to improve court conditions for youth nationwide as a part of its “Paint The Park” initiative.
The Illuminaries, working alongside Steven Anderson and Eric Nodora, fuzed Oakland Town Biz with AND1 street ball in painting the court.
An aerial view of the courts at DeFremery Park, newly painted by the Illuminaries.
Kevin Garnett led the unveiling, joined by a number of notable rap artists—E-40, Jadakiss, ALLBLACK and SOBxRBE. A very AND1-Oakland-esque mural was painted by the Illuminaries, a Bay Area-based collective of artists composed of Tim Hon, Steve Ha, and Romali Licudan.
As always, AND1 continued to blend basketball, music and art. The DJ's rapped out all night long, basketballs and shirts were handed out, and the element of graffiti was front and center.
The unveiling was featured Tuesday night on Area 21, as part of TNT’s broadcast for the start of the NBA season, before the Golden State Warriors faced the Oklahoma City Thunder and receieved their championship rings.
Courtesy of NBA on TNT
Throughout the season, AND1 will continue its Paint the Park initiative in community courts across America.