San Antonio Spurs reveals middle school renovations

June 16, 2013 by  

Professional basketball team the San Antonio Spurs is involved in efforts to support education by improving facilities.

Several current and former team members were on hand when renovations to Wheatley Middle School were revealed last week. The makeover was done to a so-called play center at the school, which forms one of many ‘NBA Cares Learn and Play’ centers located at schools throughout the country. The makeover took two weeks and included new paint, decorations that have a Spurs theme, new books, board games, and computers for the library.

Perhaps the best part of the day for the students was meeting the players. Retired Spurs Sean Elliott, David Robinson, and George Gervin attended, along with current players Danny Green, Patty Mills, and Matt Bonner. Green was the hero of the day because of his performance the night before, when the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in the third game of the NBA Finals. Green wound up playing Jenga with students, and said he felt great to be able to give something back to the community by helping the children.

Head Coach Gregg Popovich was also on hand, as was David Stern, who is the Commissioner of the NBA. Popovich thrilled 12-year-old student Nasya Snelling by playing mancala, a board game, with her. She said that although she did not usually like smiling, that day she was unable to stop.

School officials could consider working with brochure printers to describe the new facility and also mention NBA’s play centers, and the Association’s efforts to help children.