Thursday, July 31, 2008

At Algin Sutton Recreation Center

Los Angeles - The Department of Recreation and Parks, in partnership with Nike and the LA84 Foundation, dedicated a Play Court at Algin Sutton Recreation Center in South Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 29, 2008.

The new synthetic multi-purpose field replaced an old volleyball court and was installed through Nike's Let Me Play program. Let Me Play provides grants to community groups and government agencies to support the promotion of sports in an effort to get youth active.

Algin Sutton's refurbished field incorporates Nike Grind, recycled material from footwear manufacturing and worn out athletic shoes. Nike Grind is used in sports surfaces such as basketball courts, running tracks, soccer fields and playgrounds. For each sports field constructed with Nike Grind, approximately 75,000 pairs of shoes and many pounds of rubber manufacturing waste do not end up in landfills.

The Dedication Ceremony took place on the new high-tech soccer field on Tuesday evening. Councilmember Bernard C. Parks was in attendance along with representatives from Recreation and Parks, Nike and the LA84 Foundation. Jorge Campos, one of Mexico's most popular and accomplished professional soccer players, was the special guest.

Campos is one of the most recognizable faces of soccer in the world and a Mexican icon. He is best known for his charismatic style of play and his brightly-colored uniforms which became his trademark throughout his career. Campos played more than 130 games for the Mexican National team and played in two World Cups to become one of the most respected goal keepers in the world.

The new soccer field is the second completed play surface that is part of the commitment between Nike and the LA84 Foundation to build and/or refurbish 84 playgrounds and/or sports fields throughout Los Angeles. Nike Inc., is the world's leading designer marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. The LA84 Foundation was established to manage Southern California's share of the surplus from the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. The Foundation's mission is to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people's lives.

Algin Sutton Recreation Center is located at 8800 South Hoover Street, Los Angeles, 90044. For more information on this location or any other Department programs, please visit our website at or call (213) 928-9200.

Jane Kolb: (213) 928-9294

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