Mike Harry and Kids

 ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks Foundation partnered with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Aaron’s, Inc. to provide electronic upgrades to the teen room at the Center of Hope at Pittman Park today. Atlanta forward Mike Muscala joined Hawks and Philips Arena CEO Steve Koonin, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Amy Phuong and Atlanta radio personality Ryan Cameron at the event in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh community.

The Atlanta Hawks are teaming with the City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks and Recreation to provide youth in the city’s Pittsburgh community with a high-tech makeover of the teen room at the Center of Hope at Pittman Park. The Aug. 8 unveiling will reveal a modernized space complete with new tablets, two 65-inch flat screen televisions and other electronics upgrades to the center funded by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation.

“This celebration is about the teens at Pittman Park,” said David Lee, SVP, Hawks External Affairs and Executive Director of the Atlanta Hawks Foundation.  “While touring the Center a few months ago, we were immediately impressed by the energy and active engagement of the youth in the community, and in particular, the teens’ leadership in forming the Pittman Park Community Caretakers Teen Program.  We want to encourage these young people to continue their good work by reimagining a space that we hope will inspire them to be agents of positive change for themselves and the community for years to come.”

Operated by the Department of Parks and Recreation in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Pittman Park is one-of-10 Centers of Hope in the city – a designation reserved for high-performing recreation centers with enhanced youth development and specially-trained staff members. Due to the efforts of the Pittman Park Community Caretakers Teen Program, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation and the NBA identified the park as a potential partner during the team’s run to the Eastern Conference Finals.

“The Atlanta Hawks continue to be an exemplary community partner,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. “The entire Hawks organization shares my commitment to supporting Atlanta’s young people as they reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.”

Representatives from the Hawks and City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation will be present at Saturday’s unveiling, hosted by Hawks Public Address Announcer and Atlanta radio personality Ryan Cameron. Hawks forward Mike Muscala, team cheerleaders and mascot Harry the Hawk will also be on-hand to celebrate the new space. With electronics provided by Aaron’s, the state-of-the-art room will feature the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, a pair of 65-inch Samsung Smart TVs and a Samsung Giga Sound System in addition to a Sony PlayStation 4 and a Microsoft Xbox One.

The teen room makeover at Pittman Park will be the third partial park renovation funded by the Atlanta Hawks Foundation this summer; on June 30, the Foundation revealed new youth basketball courts at Camp Will-A-Way in Winder, GA; and on July 24, the organization unveiled a refurbished, Hawks-themed playing surface at Welcome All Park in College Park, GA.

Take a look at the new “Teen Room” at Pittman Park

(Photos by Jennifer Boxley)

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