Bogdanović renovated the court where he took his first basketball steps04.11.2022.
The new basketball court at the “Pavle Savić” elementary school in Mirijevo was opened today to the joy of thousands of students and all residents of this part of the city. It is a project with which the “Bogdan Bogdanović” Foundation started charitable activities in our country aimed at children and the improvement of sports infrastructure. The place where the Serbian national team member and member of the NBA Atlanta Hawks took some of his first basketball steps is now one of the most modern courts in Belgrade, which will be able to be used by more than 2,000 students of this school.
A high-quality sports flooring according to FIBA standards in blue shades designed by our architect Julija Džogaz was installed on the completely renovated field. She got her inspiration from the positions where basketball players spend the most time during the game. The stands were also reconstructed, which the first graders decorated with handprints, as a symbol of a kind of legacy and a detail that will remind them every day that it is important to dream big dreams and fight for them. The baskets received new constructions and modern Plexiglas boards, and in order to make the schoolyard as safe as possible, video surveillance was improved, while the playground will soon be illuminated by floodlights in the evenings. The children received basketballs and other gifts from the famous adidas sports brand.
Our basketball player addressed the children through a video message, in which he answered numerous questions about the school in Mirijevo with a smile on his face.
“School days are the most beautiful period of every person’s life, because then friendship, honesty and openness are the qualities that adorn us the most. Then we are ready to learn, discover new things. Then we grow. That is why it is of great importance that every child has an equal chance to play, develop, enjoy school, sports, friends, teachers. Regardless of which part of the city or country they are from. Bearing all that in mind, I am very pleased that the children in this place will have excellent conditions to play basketball, to make new acquaintances, to learn and be happy. I hope that the field will be full of children and that this will be a place that connects people,” said Bogdan Bogdanović, the founder of the Foundation.
The team of the “Bogdan Bogdanović” Foundation had the support of the director of the “Pavle Savić” school, Milan Krstić, so that the field would be renovated as soon as possible.
“Pavle Savić Elementary School is the largest school in Belgrade, which last year had more than 2,000 students. We are located in Mirijevo, which is growing more and more and becoming one of the key family neighborhoods in Belgrade. The need for such a high-quality field, itself team, is exceptional. That’s why a big thank you to Bogdan, his sister Bojana and all the associates for recognizing this and not forgetting their beginnings. We will try to preserve the field for future generations and open it for all those who want to play basketball,” said director Krstić.
Funds for the field reconstruction were collected partly from the organization of the “Bogdan Bogdanović” basketball camp, which was held in Belgrade for the sixth time this year at the end of August. The camp gathered more than 150 talented girls and boys aged 9 to 15 who had the opportunity to work on the basics of the basketball game.