Basketball team’s gift a big winner with young patients, students
The day after the 2011 NBA Draft, Cleveland Cavaliers draft picks Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson came to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation Shaker Campus to help unveil the Cavs’ latest gift to the young patients and students on campus.
The newly restored basketball court was an instant hit with the youngsters. After the ribbon-cutting, they swarmed onto the court, shooting and passing the balls (also donated by the Cavs), posing for pictures, and getting shirts and basketballs signed by the Cavaliers players and staff.
In addition to Irving (draft pick No. 1) and Thompson (No. 4), the representatives of the Cavaliers included General Manager Chris Grant, players Christian Eyenga and Samardo Samuels, and Head Coach Byron Scott.
The renovation includes two new hoops and backboards, a net that allows for tennis and can be raised for volleyball, and rubber safety surfacing painted in Cavaliers wine and gold.
Cleveland Clinic photographer Don Gerda captured this moment on the restored basketball court at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation Shaker Campus on June 24.
The Cavaliers donated the entire cost of the project, which benefits students at the Cleveland Clinic Center of Autism and patients of the Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation.
“We are tremendously grateful to the Cavs for revitalizing a significant part of our outdoor facilities,” says 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.”
About the Shaker Campus
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.
Since its inception in 1999, Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Autism has served more than 2,500 children and their families. Over the past 10 years, in response to increasing demand, the Center for Autism has developed a comprehensive array of services for students of all ages with autism, including an early intervention and preschool program, a year-round autism school, outpatient speech and language services, outreach consultation, psychological evaluation and treatment and social skills programming.
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