To celebrate the launch of the film Champions in March – a comedy that stars Woody Harrelson as a basketball coach who manages a team of disabled players – Universal donated to BE’s initiative #ProjectSwish to improve an outdoor basketball court in Manchester and create an attractive space for people to play all formats of the game – whether running, 3x3, wheelchair or learning disability basketball.
The striking orange and black court – a colourway chosen to pay homage to the film – was revealed to the public at a launch event on Sunday, 25 June.
Mancunians of all ages celebrated having another iconic outdoor court in their city upgraded after the make-over of Hulme Park was revealed at the beginning of June thanks to Basketball England’s campaign and partnership with Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
Through the renovation, Platt Fields’ court now boasts a totally new paint, official court markings, and two new full-sized basketball hoops and backboards.
“We are extremely thankful to have worked with Universal and grateful for its generosity in wanting to leave a basketball legacy because of Champions.
“Platt Fields Park is one of the most popular outdoor courts among players in Manchester. The legacy of this film means a reenergised, good-looking space for every basketball player to work on their game and have fun.”
#ProjectSwish is helping renovate and renew other outdoor courts this year too, working with partners and stakeholders to improve England’s stock.
This year the following courts will also receive the #ProjectSwish treatment:
Champions is now available to buy or rent.