TOM GORES’ FLINTNOW FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH FLINT ARTIST, LOCAL LAWYERS AND PARKS OFFICERS TO RENOVATE BASKETBALL COURTS IN GENESEE COUNTY
The first location, Windiate Park, was completed over the weekend and the freshly painted ground was unveiled at a June 19 celebration on Sunday. The groundbreaking ceremony brought together representatives from all of the organizations that worked together to bring the Windiate Park project to fruition, including: FlintNOW and the Detroit Pistons, Genesee County Parks Commission (GCPRC), Leader Quality and Howard’s Helping Hands.
“I’ve always believed that the most effective solutions come from people on the ground, from the community, working together to make a difference,” Gores said. “The tireless efforts of local residents to provide safe spaces for children is truly admirable. I am proud that we have been able to bring everyone together and harness their vision and creativity to make Windiate Park a vibrant place to play for the children.”
Funding for the three park projects is provided in part by a $100,000 grant from the FlintNOW Foundation. In addition to the Windiate Park mural, the courts at William Durant Park and Riverside West Park will be redone and rehabilitated over the next 18 months.
“Community voice and equity are driving forces behind the work we do, and this collaboration brings those factors to the fore,” said Nancy Edwards, Recreation Programs and Grants Officer for Genesee County Parks. “Windiate Park represents so many things, but unity, transformation and hope are the main ingredients, and the new ground design brings these elements to life. We are grateful to Tom GoresFlintNOW, Jamiersen Green and Shareka and the Howard family for their continued support of our parks and our community.”
The idea for the parks program originated with Green, an artist and Flint native who founded Leader Quality, a multidimensional creative agency. Green previously worked with the Pistons organization and approached the FlintNOW Foundation about working together.
The courtyard mural unveiled in Windiate Park on Sunday was designed by Green with input from community stakeholders, including Shareka Howard from Howard’s Helping Hands.
“Hands on the ground represent people of all cultures and genders, coming together for a common cause, which is to inspire and uplift the people of Flint“, said Green. “Community and equality are the inspiration for this design, as well as the common goal of ensuring that all voices are heard in our city. I am grateful for the collective efforts of FlintNOW, the Detroit Pistons, Genesee Countyand Shareka Howard throughout this project.”
In 2014, Howard and his organization, Howard’s Helping Hands, adopted Windiate Park, with the goal of making this once bustling park a safe place for children to play again after years of downturn. Since then, Howard’s Helping Hands has offered free activities at Windiate Park for adults and children from Genesee Countyincluding sports training camps, mixed flag football, fitness in the park and a Winter Wonderland.
Throughout this project, Howard and his knowledge of this park and community have been instrumental in executing this renovation.
“This collaboration and this spirit of giving is what our community around the park represents, through all that we have been through and continue to go through in the flint city“, said Howard. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to work together to create something positive. We know that as long as we stick together and work together, we will succeed and improve the lives of our children.”
About the FlintNOW Foundation
The FlintNOW Foundation (www.FlintNOW.org) was created by Tom Gores provide support to the private sector for immediate relief efforts during the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and for long-term programs focused on economic development, nutrition, and health care for city residents. FlintNOW partnerships include a $2 million pledge of Tom Gores and Consumers Energy to launch the Flint Promise Fellowship Program, a $25 million economic development program launched with Huntington Bank, a healthy eating initiative created with the National Basketball Players Association and University of Michigan-The Hurley Children’s Hospital Pediatric Public Health Initiative and numerous campaigns that have provided millions of dollars in support of Flint charitable organizations.
About the Genesee County Parks and Recreation Commission
The Genesee County Parks & Recreation Commission (GCPRC) owns and operates more than 11,000 acres of parkland, making it the largest county park system in the state of Michigan. Genesee County Parks is dedicated to quality recreational opportunities for all and the preservation of natural resources. Our vision is that parks bring people together and we achieve this through vision, consistency, customer service, integrity, stewardship and teamwork. We serve all residents of Genesee County and visitors to our region. Keep Genesee County Beautiful (KGCB) became a program of Genesee County Parks in 2016. KGCB was established in 2004 with a mission to encourage, educate, and engage the community in ongoing cleanup and beautification of Genesee County. KGCB’s vision is to create beautiful, clean and sustainable neighborhoods, parks and open spaces in Flint and Genesee County achieved through individual responsibility, volunteerism and partnerships. More information is available here https://geneseecountyparks.org/ and here https://geneseecountyparks.org/kgcb/.
About Jamiesen Green
With over 10 years of experience in the cultural and creative industry, Jamiersen has imagined, designed, directed, managed and executed major events and plans for leading brands and companies in the culture industry. street culture. Through his experience, he gained insight into the direction of culture, connections with various influencers and brands. Coupled with the knowledge of how to navigate and build sustainability, growth and excitement through authentic marketing and experiences. Jamiersen’s mission is to bring a new era of marketing and influence to the industry by serving brands and building generational influence. He commands excellence out of himself and lives by the code “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart.”
About Howard’s Helping Hands
In 2014, Shareka Howard and his family adopted Windiate Park, with the inspiration of making the once bustling park a safe place for children to play after years of being slowed down in the park. Howard’s Helping Hands led the way by providing free activities for children and adults in the community, including sports training camps, co-ed flag football, fitness in the park and a Winter Wonderland. The organization also lends itself to helping many organizations in Genesee County with athletic development and mentoring programs. Looking for something to encourage community unity, family unity, and to uplift the fathers of the area, Shareka and his family hold an annual basketball tournament on Father’s Day in honor of their pastor. and mentor. George Stevens municipal departments. Windiate Park and the surrounding community are all family and the heart and soul of FlintWindiate Park is now one of the safest and busiest parks in the flint city.
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