Boston Celtics big man Al Horford took to Instagram to celebrate the recent renovation of a basketball court in La Romana, a coastal town in his native Dominican Republic. In a caption alongside a posted video detailing the draft, Horford explained that it was part of the NBA’s 75th anniversary celebration.
The league helped upgrade the pitch and facilities at Club Quisqueya, one of 50 such pitch renovation projects in Latin America and beyond. “I’m so excited for young people from my home country to play football and make great memories there for years to come.” Horford said in his Instagram post.
Horford is one of ten Dominican players in NBA history, and this spring became the first to compete for an NBA title. His father, Tito Horford, became the first Dominican-born player when he played for the Bucks in the 1988-89 season. Young Horford would represent his home country at the FIBA World Cup 2023 alongside Karl-Anthony Towns and Chris Duarte.
Horford has long represented his Dominican roots. As a rookie, he befriended Boston Red Sox great David Ortiz, also a Dominican national. And as a member of the Boston Celtics, Horford forged deep ties to the city’s large Dominican community.
La Romana’s new court features a stylized center court image of a player dipping a basketball in traditional carnival attire, designed by Dominican artist Johann Dovente.
July 12, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; USA striker LeBron James (6) defends against Dominican Republic center Al Horford (10) in the first half at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
NBA Latin America Associate Vice President of Marketing Emilio Garcia Duarte spoke about the project when it was unveiled a few weeks ago.
According to Garcia Duarte, “projects like this contribute to the growth of the NBA in the region and bring value to the communities by improving their sports infrastructure and promoting the practice of basketball in La Romana”
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