Fayetteville is never far from Dennis Smith Jr.’s mind. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, the unique city, a few hours outside of Charlotte and Raleigh, is a reminder of where he’s been and the community that shaped him. Fayetteville - home to Fort Bragg, the largest military base in the world by population - is also a city with businesses, schools, a community and kids, kids who dream.
Dennis Smith Jr was one of those kids - growing up in Fayetteville with aspirations to conquer the world. And with a combination of immense talent and an incredible work ethic, he is well on his way. Fresh off the second year in a row displaying his insane athletic ability during the 2019 NBA Slam Dunk Contest, Dennis is home in Fayetteville to give back to the community that made him who he is today.
Seabrook Park at Smith Recreation Center is where Dennis grew up learning and growing his unique brand of basketball. Countless hours spent on these courts molded Dennis into the athlete he’s become - in his never ending pursuit of getting better. Now, with Under Armour, Dennis has the opportunity to pay it back and pave a way forward for the next generation of Fayetteville dreamers, helping to completely refurbish and revitalize the two courts he grew up playing on.
A carnival-style atmosphere welcomed Fayetteville youth and community members to the event at Smith Recreation Center, where games and basketball clinics kept them busy, before Dennis himself unveiled the new courts with a ceremonial dunk. Kids then got the opportunity to hop on the court for some additional skills challenges and work with Dennis, in a lively celebration of the new courts that are their future safe place to play, learn and grow through competition and camaraderie, the same way Dennis did.
Fayetteville is Dennis Smith Jr’s homecourt, and a fitting wrap up to Under Armour’s 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend to bring the home court to the kids. Who knows - maybe the next Dennis Smith Jr. is on those courts now, working maniacally to become the next big thing out of the 910.