Detroit athletes of all ages and abilities are once again gearing up to join in the fun at the free Quicken Loans Sports Zone this summer! Featuring four outdoor basketball courts and a sand volleyball area in Cadillac Square at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit, the Quicken Loans Sports Zone will be open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 through August 29.
Local artist Jesse Kassel of Detroit has created the designs on this year’s basketball courts and painted them along with a young local artist from The Alley Project (TAP), which is a mentor program in Southwest Detroit that provides youth and community development through art. Kassel’s personal work is influenced by mid-to late-20th century animation and design, with bold and colorful designs -- often incorporating text as a design element. His art has been exhibited in galleries both locally and internationally.
Downtown employees, residents and visitors from across the city and region are invited to play a pick-up volleyball or basketball game, join a Monday night volleyball league organized by Come Play Detroit starting in June by registering at www.comeplaydetroit.com or participate in one of the three organized basketball events below.
· Summer ’16 Series Challenges
Those looking for a little competition can lace ‘em up tight for nightly events including 3-on-3 Challenges, 3-Point Shooting Challenges, King of the Court, H-O-R-S-E and Sevens. Organized challenges run Monday through Friday; players should arrive at the Quicken Loans Sports Zone by 6 p.m. to join.
· Lunchtime Lightning
In this recess-style classic shooting game, participants are arranged one behind the other, with the goal of the second player making a basket before the first player does. The last player standing wins. Visit the Sports Zone on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1 p.m. to play.
· Fundamental Camps
On Saturdays, the Sports Zone hosts Fundamental Camps for kids, ages 8-13. Instructors focus on basic skills and drills for kids to learn and improve their game. Fundamental Camps begin the first week of June. Visit www.detroitsportszone.org to learn more and to register.
The Quicken Loans Sports Zone will also accommodate youth camps and organized groups by reservation. Visit www.detroitsportszone.org to register.
At least one basketball court will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. for pick-up games on a first-come, first-served basis. Basketballs and volleyballs are available for checkout at the games kiosk on the east end of Cadillac Square. Everyone is welcome to participate in these organized basketball activities.
About The Detroit Sports Zone
The Detroit Sports Zone is a non-profit organization whose objective is to educate youth, adults and seniors about the benefits of participating in sports, cultural and performing arts activities.
About Downtown Detroit Partnership
Downtown Detroit Partnership — through its affiliate Detroit 300 Conservancy in partnership with the City of Detroit Parks and Recreation Department — operates, maintains and programs Downtown’s parks, which include Campus Martius Park, Cadillac Square, Capitol Park, Grand Circus Park and Harmonie Park/Paradise Valley. Placemaking initiatives activate these public spaces attracting over 2 million visitors annually. DDP strengthens and supports Downtown Detroit through strategic initiatives and programs. DDP convenes business, philanthropic and government partners to create a vibrant, resilient urban core for Detroit and the surrounding community. For more information, contact us at 313.962.0101 or visit at downtowndetroit.org or downtowndetroitparks.com. Follow us on Twitter at @CampusMartius and on Facebook at Facebook.com/CampusMartiusPark.
About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s second largest retail home mortgage lender. The company closed $220 billion of mortgage volume across all 50 states since 2013. Quicken Loans generates loan production from web centers located in Detroit, Cleveland and Scottsdale, Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination” in the United States by J.D. Power for the past six consecutive years, 2010 – 2015, and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014 and 2015. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit QuickenLoans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/QuickenLoans