Coach Boeheim Announces Major Renovations to Utica Basketball Courts

By Julia Rose

Published 08/04 2014 06:16PM

Updated 08/04 2014 06:25PM

Big renovations are coming to two local basketball courts in Utica and it's all thanks to some basketball greats. Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim made an appearance Monday at Seymour Park to announce the upgrade project.

Coach Boeheim and Mayor Robert Palmieri announced a major renovation project that is giving Seymour and Quinn Parks brand new basketball courts. The announcement sparked excitement amongst the kids of the Utica Youth Bureau who say the upgrades are much needed.

“Utica has been a good fan base for us for a long time and I’m proud to be down here and when I see the court I can see it needs some work," said Coach Boeheim.
And Coach Boeheim certainly is not the only one who thinks the courts need some sprucing up.

"Well, this rim is lower than all of the other rims,” says Kevin Warmack from Utica.

"Me and my friends come down and there's a hole in the fence and the rims are really low so it's nice that this court is getting redone,” said Kenny Lacy also from Utica.

"I think these backboards that you see here are kind of outdated,” said Chief Russell Brooks of the Utica Fire Department.

Despite the courts' condition, kids are out shooting hoops almost every day, which is all the more reason the makeover is a must.

"My wife and I come by here and it's very heavily used so, this will be like Santa Clause is coming to town for these kids that love to play hoop,” says Brooks.

"North Utica needs something like this, even Quinn playground that's pretty much in the center part of the city, they both need something like this for the kids during the summer time,” said Lonnie Jenkins, Recreation Director for the City of Utica.

"I think it's always good for kids to be playing basketball and playing outdoors, it's much better than some of the other options kids have today,” says Coach Boeheim.

Preliminary planning will begin this year and the goal is to have both sites complete by next spring.

"I’m looking forward to it and I can't wait to play on these courts,” said Warmack.

The new courts are being funded by the Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation as well as the Carmelo Anthony Foundation. They have renovated six parks in Syracuse and the two in Utica will be the first time they have stepped outside the Syracuse area.

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