Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta Hawks and city officials at the ribbon cutting. (Photos by Kat Goduco)

New community basket ball courts renovated by the Atlanta Atlanta Hawks have been unveiled at Selena S. Butler Park, adjacent to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center.

The Selena S. Butler Park outdoor courts mark the sixth Atlanta Hawks court renovation project completed in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Recreation. These courts are the first that feature a special black-and-gold color scheme marking the 50th anniversary of the Atlanta Hawks. The unique color scheme also pays tribute and honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his contributions to the City of Atlanta and the country.

Previous Atlanta Hawks basketball court renovations include Grant Park, Bessie Branham Park, William Walker Recreation Center, Coan Park and Central Park basketball courts.

“We are humbled to partake in honoring Dr. King and his legacy as our team celebrates 50 years in the city of Atlanta,” Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena CEO Steve Koonin said. “On behalf of our fans and our partners at the city, State Farm and UPS, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy than by putting a commemorative 50th anniversary court next to the MLK Recreation Center, and we are delighted to find another meaningful way to unite this city through the sport of basketball.”

For more information about the Hawks work in the community, visit hawks.com/community.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.