Turning Basketball Courts Into Works of Art

– [Dan] In a lot of neighborhoods, the public park is the
center of the community and the basketball court is
the center of that public park. Oftentimes, these courts,
they’re in rough shape. There’s courts where
either there’s no lines or where there’s large gaps and cracks in the court’s surface. There can be huge dips
that would be unsafe, hazardous to play on. So seein’ all these courts across the city inspired me to renovate public
outdoor basketball courts and collaborate with artists to create unique works
of art for the surface. – [Karo] I pretty much played
at this court my whole life. It was a no-brainer for me. Like, I jumped at the opportunity
to be able to come down and help paint and give
back to the community. (classical music) – [Dan] Lincoln Park is
a special court for me because I actually used to
play here when I was in school. All my siblings grew up
playing on this court, and so this court’s
been a long time coming. The actual process of renovating the court typically takes about two weeks, and usually they’ll hire
a local contracting crew to do any crack fill or patch repair. And then after they’ve done that, we come in once the
court has been resurfaced to get the artwork down
and be ready for lines. Since starting Project Backboard
three and a half years ago, we worked on over two dozen
courts around the world. One of the most fun parts is working with community
volunteers on the court painting. You’re gonna start at the tape line and we’re gonna work our way backwards. You know, the basketball court, for me, was always a place where you learned to be an engaged citizen. It’s where you met your neighbors and kind of got together
for a common purpose. And I think, too often, people
think of basketball courts as a nuisance, when really it is a spot that can really bring people
and communities together. – [Karo] Before this, it was
cracks all over the court, graffiti everywhere,
definitely in bad shape. Giving back to the community
kind of speaks to me because this is my first time kind of being involved
in a project like this, and it definitely inspires other kids due to the fact that, you know, the younger generation always looks up to the older generation. They see you giving back, it
will inspire them to give back. (basketball net swishing) Being able to step on a new
renovated court is pretty dope. You know, know it seems small,
just a basketball court, but, you know, it’s a lot more than that. Everyone comes out. People get off work. Got people who don’t
even live in New Rochelle who come over here to watch the games, so definitely just the little
things helps out a lot. – [Dan] This didn’t
start as an art project. It didn’t start as a way
to bring art into parks. But I think I recognize
that it’s really important for me to inspire and help others do this in their own communities. You know, I want people to feel like I can make a difference in my community. Maybe I’m not painting an
entire basketball court. Maybe I’m just buying new nets and hanging them when they fall down. Maybe I’m just picking up the trash. You know, whatever it is, it’s,
if you care about your park, you care about your basketball
court, take care of it. (basketball net swishing) (classical music)

100 Responses

  1. Transportation ONLY! says:


  2. Slav -1 says:

    To me its a clusterfuck in the eyes

  3. Aritra Antara says:


  4. Lordihyper says:

    First to claim second

  5. Robo 201967 says:

    Nine and seven to like

  6. space cowboy says:

    Never in the ghetto though lmao



  8. Laura Moua says:

    8 views but 14 likes


    YouTube is drunk again

  9. nick roussopulos says:


  10. Junpei Animates says:

    So far…..i hear nothing but first! I'm disliking comments for the people who say first and doesn't care about this video…

  11. AnyOccasionAsian says:

    I'm late.

  12. Shresht Jain says:

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  13. Justy Krusty says:


  14. Danteouttheworld says:

    Kawhi Leonard

  15. MBH004 says:

    Whos here before 1 dislike?

  16. Be With Bros says:

    The person comments before me and after me are gay…

  17. Irma Aguayo says:

    Cool I love basketball cool court patterns

  18. Hash Bro says:

    Human are amazing

  19. Avo's Channel says:

    Awesome job

    I'm an artist and any support would be appreciated!! ☺

  20. furrytikibear says:

    like it nice

  21. Advait Pai says:

    Basketball courts are already works of art…

  22. furrytikibear says:

    its dope

  23. Bad Games says:

    This guy deserves a medal

  24. eddie urbina says:

    Wow, I want more lol. Please milk some story's and give us more content. 😘

  25. Zeytrixx says:

    Cool flex but ok

  26. OLL! says:

    Oh my God please come to Colorado holy crap. But for real, major respect for this man, this project is amazing. Much love

  27. Axolot says:

    These look so amazing

  28. JPL Toy Experience says:

    Anyone else remembers when Haruhi Suzumiya drew strange messages on the ground using chalk?

  29. It'sTrish Gekko says:

    Love ❤️ the idea and they turn out so dope I love I see people participating ☺️😩

  30. canal da Lu says:



    That is great that they are turning the basketball courts into art.

  32. dan sanchez says:

    Nothing new. This was done in the seventies and again in the late 80s

  33. _Bob McCoy says:

    Meanwhile my school's court looks like it's post-war

  34. Matthew Palanca says:

    damn that's dope

  35. Blockman007 Guitarist says:

    That satisfyingly composed thumbnail tho…

  36. OG says:

    What does C.J McCollum have to do with this?

  37. Wow Lizzy says:

    that's pretty dope

  38. Daniel Aliksa says:

    Love it

  39. Secret agent randy Beans says:

    Looks good

  40. Vladimir Putin says:

    I love the music. Anyone know what songs they are?

  41. Molina_jr_11 Mjr11 says:


  42. lolzorsPwnage says:

    Must be annoying to play on with those confusing colors

  43. Ricez says:

    My local ones turn into works of vandalism.

  44. Aplus_Nerd says:

    He should pull up to my park.

  45. Bourn Vader says:

    I wish someone did that in my city, what an amazing guy

  46. Sam Becker says:

    2.24 the airball tho waterrrrrr💀💀💀😂😂

  47. Edvardt Osmanov says:

    When ur bored at work

  48. Darsh says:

    Doesn't it make it more slippery and cause injuries?

  49. OooGaa BoooGaa says:

    What an awesome idea

  50. Elizabeth Banta says:

    Love it

  51. alejandro renteria says:

    What are the names of the songs in this video?

  52. Renan KilluMiNat says:


  53. Forest Green says:

    The results look amazing. Would love to hear how he funds these projects.

  54. why tho ? says:

    Linkin Park ?

  55. suction cup man 5000 says:

    And this is where our taxes go to

  56. Terrance Brown says:

    I could watch a 30 min episode on this.

  57. Val K says:

    I don't see CJ McCollum in the video?

  58. ninjapanda 147 says:

    Anyone else more interested in the background music. Great way to use Bach's cello suites

  59. Paola Bueso says:

    Excellent idea! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  60. Kat LOLOLOLOL says:

    Damn. How did they get the money to do this? Kudos to them!

  61. Vermonster90 says:

    Just another unmaintainable eyesore in the making, it's going to fade and peel and it's too time consuming to repaint.

  62. Darkflue14 says:

    Wow, didn’t know CJ could edit! Great video as always!

  63. Giant Asparagus says:

    Is there a location list that exists anywhere online?

  64. Sam Frankovsky says:

    Bro thats not cj mccolum

  65. Alpha Jay 3.0 says:

    My two favorite things together as one, Basketball 🏀 and Art 🎨

  66. Not Real says:

    i mclove it

  67. Chibuikem Achebe says:

    This reminds me of the patterns of those Music.ly's challenges I see in YouTube.

  68. the charged stallion says:

    1:27 that's the infamous court in venice.

  69. Newby Ton says:

    So now if you miss your shot
    Just say the court was confusing and you didn't know where you were

  70. Kyung Soo says:

    This is inspiring

  71. Random Guy says:

    I absolutely wanna see them paint an entire skate park, it would be awesome!!

  72. Simplyhyesu says:

    This is inspiring

  73. Мајевички Вихор says:

    How did this channel died?

  74. Mary Gotsch says:

    my son nikko and carmello okkkk

  75. Darth WarMac88 says:

    Beautiful artwork

  76. Ryan R says:

    Do you do tennis courts???

  77. danielkeeffe says:

    That episode of recess

  78. Ted Thomas says:

    Damn that's cool.

  79. LexerJason says:

    Guys, who say "hey, come to my park/court", I have a lifehack for you:

    you can buy some paint and do the same, don't you?

  80. TooManyKats says:

    They look beautiful but as someone with a visual processing disorder I can't see the sections and lines intended for games like basketball and netball, hopefully in person it doesn't impact people too much, sports ahead community areas are already less accessible for people with sensory disabilities. I'm so glad to see people maintaining the communal spaces though, they've truly brought new life to the courts.

  81. boduskong 540 says:

    We sleeping on cjs editing tho

  82. Sassy Antelope says:

    This is random but I ran out of milk in my bottle cri

  83. John Connor says:

    When you're a country kid it's like oh you're innocent or your your humble but when you're a kid in the city nobody gives a s*** about you, you're a thug, nice to know somebody cares..

  84. Manav Perfecto says:

    Can you do a place called “Rucker Park” over in Harlem New York, please?

  85. Paul Carter says:

    Awesome and inspiring thanks guys

  86. Will Russell says:

    He is my cousin

  87. john hand says:

    Where is CJ Mccollum??

  88. Nickle Pickle says:

    Dude i feel like he came to vancouver cuz one of the courts ive been to looks like art😂

  89. Steve Sibaja says:

    Best Rebuilt Basketball Court🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀🏀

  90. maxsocial says:

    It would be a lot more useful if he just painted regular colors. These colors are extremely distracting.

  91. clean-dj says:

    both are so humble

  92. Chris Lu says:

    Nice idea and painting~

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