The newest members of the Cleveland Cavaliers are already out and about in the Cleveland community! Draft picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson made their inaugural appearance alongside Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant, Cavs players Christian Eyenga and Samardo Samuels, Head Coach Byron Scott and the Cavaliers assistant coaching staff as they unveiled the newly-restored basketball court for the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation Shaker Campus.
“We are excited to have yet another opportunity to work with our partners at the Cleveland Clinic to enhance the Children’s Hospital with a new basketball court,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. “This event also provides a great opportunity to show our new Cavaliers how important community involvement and outreach is to our organization.”
After a brief press conference and ceremonial ribbon cutting, the children and team finally were able to take to the court and shoot some hoops! Completely renovated, the court now has Happy Landings® poured-in-place rubber surfacing and is painted in Cavaliers wine and gold, with two brand new backboards to add the finishing touch. The Cavs Caravan also stopped by the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation with inflatables and games for the children and their families.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Cavs for revitalizing a significant part of our outdoor facilities,” said Aletta Sinoff, director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. “The new basketball court gives our students a great opportunity to participate in quality outdoor activities that are essential to their advancement and education. It will surely contribute greatly to the environment of the Shaker campus and create many fun experiences for our students.”
The Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation is one of the few leading accredited, freestanding pediatric rehabilitation hospitals in the country. In this setting, infants, children and adolescents with complex chronic illnesses, disabilities and congenital conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to pain-associated disability syndrome, stroke and spinal cord injuries, receive compassionate care from nationally and internationally renowned pediatricians and pediatric sub-specialists. Services include an inpatient program; an outpatient rehabilitation program for children recovering from a trauma, surgery or acute hospital stay; and therapy services for children with chronic medical conditions and disabilities.
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