Capping off an incredible 2019 NBA All-Star Week, Dennis Smith Jr. and Under Armour, in partnership with Fayetteville- Cumberland Parks & Recreation, returned to Dennis’ hometown of Fayetteville to treat the community to a carnival-style celebration event and unveil of two refurbished basketball courts at the Smith Recreation Center.
These courts are where Dennis spent countless hours honing his skills to become the athlete he is today. Over a thousand people from Fayetteville and surrounding areas joined in the festivities to welcome Dennis home and break in the courts that are their safe place to play, learn and grow through competition and camaraderie, the same way Dennis did. Greeting and putting on a show for fans, family members, and old and new friends, Dennis showed his love and appreciation for the place where it all started.
Seabrook Park at Smith Recreation Center is where Dennis grew up learning and growing his unique brand of basketball. Countless hours spent on these courts molded Dennis into the athlete he’s become – in his never ending pursuit of getting better. Now, with Under Armour, Dennis has the opportunity to pay it back and pave a way forward for the next generation of Fayetteville dreamers, helping to completely refurbish and revitalize the two courts he grew up playing on.
A carnival-style atmosphere welcomed Fayetteville youth and community members to the event at Smith Recreation Center, where games and basketball clinics kept them busy, before Dennis himself unveiled the new courts with a ceremonial dunk. Kids then got the opportunity to hop on the court for some additional skills challenges and work with Dennis, in a lively celebration of the new courts that are their future safe place to play, learn and grow through competition and camaraderie, the same way Dennis did.