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Nike’s The Courtyard Is The Future of Pickup Basketball

Nike Courtyard
James Francisco

Nike’s Courtyard stands as hoopers’ natural habitat, with the crowds flocking to witness organized pickup games encapsulated within its competitive atmosphere. Officially opening its doors last August 4, 2023, the 2,182-square meter Courtyard comprises two rubber FIBA-regulation sized basketball courts derived from the outsoles of about 30,000 pairs of recycled shoes dubbed “Nike Grind”—an ode to the brand’s “Move to Zero” movement.

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The vicinity features a practice half-court, as well as amenities such as restrooms, locker rooms, showers, and a rooftop peering over the action below. Avid cagers may utilize the free-of-charge court by registering on the Nike App and booking a slot, depending on availability.

Celebrating the inclusivity of basketball, the Nike Courtyard embraces the Philippines’ love for the game through four regular events. “Pickup Runs” feature friendly fixtures with fellow walk-ons, as its “Primetime Pickup” counterpart awakens the competitive underground through more elite-level play with an official sports photographer on deck. Weekends welcome “Squad Day” through an organized five-on-five tournament and a “Her Hoops” rendition exclusively catered to female ballers.

Hoops culture reigns supreme as the Nike Courtyard symbolizes a promising step country’s direction of promoting its rich basketball heritage. While community-based courts populate the archipelago, Nike leaves its legacy as an advocate for sustainability even beyond the hardwood.  

“Sustainability has always been part of Nike’s priorities—to continue to “Move to Zero.” We’d want to continue using recyclable/sustainable materials in our products as much as possible,” Nike Philippines’ Country Manager Jino Ferrer tells Complex Philippines.

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