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KOMPAN, LA84 and Nike to Build 'FREEGAME' Courts throughout Los Angeles

Multisport courts, aka FREEGAME, are surfaced with 'Nike Grind', made from recycled Nike athletic shoes. Nike's Reuse-a-Shoe program has donated 'Nike Grind' recycled materials to nearly 300 sport and playground surfacing projects around the world. A FREEGAME court can be used to play soccer, volleyball, basketball, field hockey or most any athletic game.


KOMPAN, a leader in commercial playground and athletic equipment, has teamed with Nike and LA84 to introduce the multisport concept of FREEGAME using Nike Grind surfaces in parks throughout Los Angeles.

The first FREEGAME facility was completed at the Algin Sutton Recreation Center, with dedication ceremonies featuring Mexican soccer star Jorge Campos. A FREEGAME court can be used to play soccer, volleyball, basketball, field hockey or most any game people invent. Mark Mariscal, superintendent of L.A. Parks & Rec reports the city is using the first FREEGAME court for youth soccer clinics for ages 4-8, and soccer league play for 5-15 year olds. The court is also heavily used for basketball pick-up games seven days a week.

"Sustainable play is at the core of our company," said Tom Grover, president of KOMPAN. (Our) "products are built using nontoxic, recyclable materials, in compliance with the most stringent environmental standards."

The LA84 Foundation, Nike and KOMPAN have a goal to improve 84 sports facilities in the Los Angeles area in the next couple of years, providing sport courts where young people can play and develop skills

"Youth should have safe, adequate facilities to play the sport of their choice," said Patrick Escobar, vice president of grants and programs for the LA84 Foundation.

The LA84 Foundation, a private nonprofit, is so-called because it holds a surplus of funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games and has committed some $177 million to accomplish its mission to support a wide array of youth sport programs, award grants to youth sports organizations and conduct its own youth sports and coaching education programs. About two million boys and girls and more than 1,000 youth sports organizations throughout Southern California have benefited from the endowment. LA84 also purports to operate the largest sports research library in North America, the Paul Ziffren Sports Resource Center (visit

"With the LA84 Foundation, we're helping bring to communities in Los Angeles a fun, eco-friendly, multisport solution that makes everyone an athlete and let's people play," said Alicia Maddox, a Nike West manager.

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December 8, 2019, 7:54 am PDT

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