Gobert Unveils Court At Upcoming Rudy Gobert Academy
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Rudy Gobert unveiled a new basketball court that will be at the center of the Rudy Gobert Academy in Levallois-Perret, France.
Gobert attended the debut in his native country to launch an academy that will offer youth from ages 10-16 lessons in English, writing, music, community outreach, and athletic development.
The Utah Jazz superstar teamed with Nike to build the court entirely of recycled materials and Etendart to assist with the educational aspect of the academy. Etendart offers 12-week internships during school holidays for students in Europe.
The court features an outstretched Gobert blocking a shot that reaches nearly baseline to baseline.
Adorned with bright colors, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year is surrounded by skyscrapers and the phrase “Write your own story.”
The court was built over a formerly decaying court that sat in the town.
In a tweet from Gobert, the two-time All-Star showed how the court was built using recycled materials and hinted at more projects designed to help kids in his home country.
Gobert is the namesake of the Rudy’s Kids Foundation which supports a variety of charities that benefit kids through education, recreation, community health, and community outreach, and worked with the town to develop the basketball court and academy.
In addition to Gobert, tennis superstar Novak Djokovic and freestyle soccer star Lisa Zimouche serve as ambassadors for Etendart to help develop space spaces for youth in France to develop their athletic skills.
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