A new basketball court is coming to the city of West, courtesy of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks.
The Mavs Foundation, the franchise’s private foundation arm, will unveil a basketball court at Parker’s Park in West on Saturday.
Parker’s Park was born in the aftermath of the 2013 fertilizer plant explosion in West that killed 15 people and caused extensive damage in the city, including the destruction of a park and basketball court. Parker’s Park is named after the 7-year-old son of Joey Pustejovsky, a volunteer firefighter who lost his life in the blast.
Mavericks announcer Mark Followill will emcee Saturday’s court dedication, which will include presentations from representatives from the City of West, the Parker’s Park Project and the Mavs Foundation.
Parker Pustejovsky will help dedicate the court with an official net cutting. Parker and some of his third-grade classmates will also help break in the court with some inaugural free throws. The Mavs Basketball Academy coaches plans a free basketball clinic for kids. There will also be refreshments on hand.
The court dedication and a fan festival will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the basketball clinic at 11. A West City Park dedication will follow at noon.
Established in 1996, the Mavs Foundation has donated more than $3.5 million to nonprofits.