Project Backboard director cleans up basketball courts across Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- One Memphis man said the City of Memphis desperately needs a safe place for kids to play.

That’s why he started targeting basketball courts.

Daniel Peterson with Project Backboard said a lot of outdoor basketball courts in South Memphis are in bad shape.

That`s why he started the project.

“I`ll do part of this while my paint is drying and go do some more, add some more lines to the court, come back here, take off some more graffiti. And when I get it all off, add the backboard square here just in an orange/red so folks who want to work on their shot, have some place to aim at,” he said.

In the past, kids were creating their own foul lines, three point lines and out of bounds lines just so they could play a game of basketball.

Peterson said there are 51 outdoor courts in Memphis but only 18 have lines on them.

“Even just adding the lines, not doing anything else in the courts, I always talk to different kids in these parks and they always talk about how it`s a whole brand new court and really it`s 100 bucks worth of paint and a little bit of time,” he said.

Peterson didn't get paid to do this.

He said he does it because he knows the impact something like this can have on the kids who come to the park.

Mattie Fitzgerald who lived in the neighborhood said her great grandchildren play at the park every day.

She said they will be pleased with the end result.

“That's great,” she said.

Peterson told WREG he relies on donations and volunteers to help him with this project.

He said he wants to complete work at 30 parks by the end of the summer.

If you would like to volunteer, donate or learn more about this project, visit his website at