by Shelley Johnson
Community Marketing & Grants Manager
The outdoor basketball and multi-purpose courts on the Devereux residential treatment center (RTC) campus in Scottsdale are being renovated and shaded, thanks to a grant received from the Finish Line Youth Foundation (for the shade structure) and Fiesta Bowl Charities (for the court renovations). The vendors are working together to make for the best use of schedules and resources on installation these new projects.
The shade structure is so important for the children attending Devereux Arizona’s RTC. “Sports are a large part of our recreational programming, and our youth need to be safe and shaded from the direct sunlight due to medications many of the youth take. Participation in sports promotes healthy development, teaches team work, builds social skills and teaches coping skills that help youth learn how to handle conflict, frustration and anger. These life-long skills help youth at our RTC transition back to their homes, school and communities successfully, and the shade keeps them safe from the sun and heat,” said Lane Barker, Executive Director.
Lane went ahead to say, “The outdoor basketball court is decades old, and was in dire need of renovations, so we are thankful to Fiesta Bowl Charities for partnering with us to make the renovations happen. We are elated to be the recipient of the Legacy Grant from Finish Line Youth Foundation. Their generous funding is allowing a new shade structure over our outdoor basketball court, allowing our sports programming to be extended to our youth at our RTC as well as our children in our Respite program. About 800 children a year will benefit.”
Construction began on the 95’ long x 50’ wide x 16’ high shade structure in late June with work on the basketball court being folded into the same schedule. Both projects are expected to be completed by October. Once completed, Devereux will hold a Grand Opening Event to celebrate the new shade structure and basketball court.