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Latino Daily News

Wednesday August 10, 2011

NY Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Opens Sports Complex in Puerto Rico

NY Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony Opens Sports Complex in Puerto Rico

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NBA star Carmelo Anthony inaugurated a new sports center in Puerto Rico over the weekend.

Anthony, 27, whose father is Puerto Rican, created the nonprofit organization, the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, to give back to under-served communities.

This sports complex in eastern Puerto Rico is the second he and his foundation have opened in on the island. The first was completed in July 2010 in La Perla’s San Juan district.

Though the new complex does have a roof, it has not stopped children from playing basketball in the rain.

“We’re working on putting a roof on both courts,” Anthony told reporters.

The latest complex was created through making improvements to the existing Lomas housing project courts in Loquillo.

During the inauguration ceremony, Anthony was presented with keys to the city of Loquillo, and was named a distinguished visitor.

The New York Knicks player announced earlier this year that he will not being playing with Puerto Rico’s basketball team despite numerous requests to do so. Instead, he committed to playing for the USA team during the 2012 Summer Olympics.