Angel McCoughtry renovates Shively basketball court

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Angel McCoughtry is back on the court in Louisville.

What do you want to know

  • Angel McCoughtry is a WNBA player and member of the UofL Basketball Hall of Fame
  • McCoughtry has opened a newly renovated basketball court in Shively Park
  • A barbecue celebration followed the court unveiling
  • The court is part of a pledge to give back to Louisville

The No. 1 pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft and former UofL Hall of Famer went to town to encourage young kids to aim for the stars.

McCoughtry renovated a basketball court in Shively Park to show his love for the city where his career took off.

“It’s more about giving back to the community to reach out and show them that they can do whatever they want to do. The sky is the limit,” says McCoughtry.

The court is covered in a colorful design of McCoughtry in her retired No. 35 UofL women’s basketball jersey and a message to young players to reach for the stars.

The inauguration of the renovated basketball court was followed by a barbecue and a giveaway. McCoughtry signed autographs and took photos with those who walked out. (Spectrum News 1/Ashley N. Brown)

“All I did was start playing basketball at 8 and see what it got me, so the same can happen for kids who stick to their passion,” says McCoughtry. “When I was 8, we didn’t have that. We didn’t really have that kind of stuff, so being able to do that was awesome.

The Baltimore native says choosing Louisville for the project was an easy decision.

“Louisville has a special place in my heart and everyone knows that, like I said, it’s the place where I could reach for the stars,” McCoughtry said.

Makayla Voll has been playing basketball for as long as she can remember.

“My dream is to be the best basketball player,” Voll says.

During her young career, she has played on many grounds, but none compare to Angel McCoughtry’s Reaching for the Stars ground at Shively Park.

“It’s great. I like it. I like the range of your stars and I like the colors of the pitch because it’s like reaching for your dreams and making them come true,” the eight-year-old says.

A partnership with Adidas and Project Backboard made the renovation possible.

McCoughtry says there’s more to the game plan for Louisville.

“If they could just be inspired and have fun because it’s not the end, we’re going to do more things on the pitch, 3 on 3 tournaments, camps, tournaments, we’re going to do so many things so we’re going to be really excited about it,” McCoughtry says.

McCoughtry hopes the field will inspire kids to find passions that take them to great places like basketball has done for her.

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