Lonzo Ball Gifted a New Basketball Court to an L.A. High School

Lonzo Ball took some time off his surely busy schedule to give back.

The Chicago Bulls’ point guard unveiled a new outdoor basketball court at Verbum Dei High School in his hometown of Los Angeles California this week. Ball partnered with NFT platform Okay Bears and a company called HEIR, which was co-founded by Michael Jordan’s son Jeffery, to get the project done.

“It means a lot to me, especially to do it back home and just put a smile on their face,” Ball told Fox 11 Los Angeles. “I’m in a good position where I can give back and help, and that is all I’m trying to do.” 

It’s always lovely to see someone of Ball’s status lend a helping hand. And, particularly for Bulls fans, it’s just nice to see him out and about. The 24-year-old has been a man of mystery since a torn meniscus sidelined him back in mid-January. Positive updates on his recovery have been hard to come by, and whether or not Ball commented on his current health at this public event remains unclear.

Regardless, Ball’s time at Verbum Dei High School wasn’t about his availability for this upcoming season but rather connecting with a community he calls home. You can catch a glimpse of the new court below and see some more images from the event on VDHS’s Instagram here.

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