SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Gordon Hayward knows what the game of basketball can do for kids. It made him into one of the best all-around players in the NBA, and a cornerstone piece of the franchise. So whenever the Jazz open a new basketball court for local kids in less fortunate neighborhoods, he’s all over it.
“It feels great,” said Hayward. “It always feels great to give back. I think that’s part of being a Jazz player and being in the position that I’m in is being able to give back a little bit, having those opportunities. It’s definitely one of the best parts of the job.”
The Jazz just opened its 16th new court since 2001 in South Salt Lake. Hayward has always been a big part of the Jazz charity work, and giving these kids brand new courts on which to play will only help them and their communities.
“I think it’s really important,” Hayward said. “Just to give them an opportunity to be in a place where they’re staying out of trouble. They have fun, they’re just allowed to be kids. So, for us to put these courts in around the different cities in really important. Just the fact that you’re in the community trying to help out these kids find something to do. I think it’s constructive and something they can learn from and have a good time.”