Charity Works: And1 Restores a New Orleans Basketball Court for Kids + More Brands Giving Back

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July 17: And1-backed NBA star Montrezl Harrell, along with Walmart, worked to help New Orleans ballers in the city’s iconic Central City neighborhood by restoring an area park. The effort, which included a rededication on July 3, was part of And1’s Paint the Park initiative, which is geared toward improving the conditions of urban parks and basketball courts for kids throughout the U.S.  New hoops and a massive mural that dominates the basketball court are included in the upgrades to the New Orleans park. Aside from Harrell, street basketball legend Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston, DJ Jubilee and And1 Mixtape creator Set-Free were present at the park’s reopening event.

July 8: Bearpaw will partner again with the Ticket to Dream Foundation for the 3rd annual Back to School Bash. The annual event hosts more than 100 foster kids from the Sacramento, Calif., area each year in an effort to get them excited about the school season. The festivities will take place on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Safetyville USA. Children will be able to enjoy Bearpaw-sponsored activities, including a bouncy house, field day games, a coloring station and a boot station. Last year, more than 130 youngsters went home with Bearpaw boots, backpacks and plenty of school supplies.

July 2: Toms will host the launch of a one-man show by gun violence prevention activist Manuel Oliver as part of its End Gun Violence Together initiative. “GUAC: My Son, My Hero” is a social justice, first-person theatrical piece that tells the true story of Oliver’s experience following the death of his son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver, who was one of the 17 victims of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Fla., in 2018. Oliver and his wife Patricia founded the nonprofit organization “Change the Ref” after the tragedy to raise awareness about gun violence and advocate for reform. The play debuts on July 11 at Toms’ headquarters in Playa Del Rey, Calif., with a fundraiser to kick off a tour in key electoral swing states leading up to the 2020 election. In November last year, Toms announced a $5 million investment to combat gun violence in America by partnering with nonprofits working to end the epidemic.

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