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DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson Announces Upgrades to Lithonia Basketball Court

Entrepreneur and professional basketball player, Alade Aminu, partners with DeKalb for Bruce Street Basketball Court upgrades

DECATUR, Ga.–DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson announced Jan. 9 that updates will be made to the basketball court at Bruce Street located in Lithonia.    

Crews have begun resurfacing, restriping and replacing basketball goals at the basketball court. Repairs are expected to be completed in a couple of weeks. Following the resurfacing of the court, additional upgrades will include custom artwork inspired and to be completed by Art In The Paint, an Atlant-based nonprofit organization that merges art and sports together to positively impact communities.  

“I would like to thank Mr. Aminu and his organization, Brotherhood of the World, for partnering to provide this wonderful asset to our deserving families in District 5,” Commissioner Davis Johnson said. “We look forward to sharing additional information regarding the grand opening of the court.”

The renovations to the basketball court will improve the quality of life and benefit the youth and families in the heart of Lithonia, in the 5th District.

“I am so proud to team up with DeKalb County on the court renovation and my organization is incredibly connected to their mission of providing a safe and healthy place for youth to interact in the community,” said Mr. Aminu. “At a time when there is a tremendous need to ensure our youth’s wellbeing is cared for, I am committed to using my platform and resources to make a difference in this space.”

The newly renovated court will become a community attraction for recreation, exercise, and community.

“Thank you, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson, for making sure our mural for the youth of our community came to fruition,” Lithonia Mayor Shameka Reynolds said. “The historic Bruce Street district deserves it, and we thank you for granting our wish. I want our youth to always remember that if you continue to push yourselves, success will end up in your lap. Luck happens when you put yourself in a position to be lucky.’”

Alade Aminu was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Stone Mountain, where he attended Stephenson High School and later played at Georgia Tech University. He is a professional basketball player and theowner of BAR 44, a new luxury sports lounge in Marietta, Ga. He is a member of the Nigerian National Team and is a Nigerian Olympian who has played professionally in France, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, Nigeria and other countries.