SOURCE: Ace Surfaces

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August 19, 2010 10:00 ET

Ace Surfaces Revitalizes Neighborhood Courts in New York City as Part of World Basketball Festival

Six Refurbished Basketball Courts Contribute to City's Basketball Legacy, Give Second Life to Athletic Shoes, Footwear Manufacturing Scrap

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - August 19, 2010) - Six newly resurfaced community basketball courts upped New York City's cool factor by 6,000, just in time for last week's World Basketball Festival.

By 6,000 pounds of recycled pre- and post-consumer athletic shoe material, that is.

Ace Surfaces, Inc., the distributor of Rebound Ace sports surfaces in North, Central, and South America, managed the installation of Rebound Ace 5mm Grand Slam basketball courts containing Nike Grind at four community parks and playgrounds in New York City. Donated by Nike in conjunction with Nike, Inc.'s and USA Basketball's inaugural World Basketball Festival, the courts furthered the Festival's aim to celebrate the performance and culture of the game of basketball.

"Basketball is at the core of New York City, but is an especially integral part of the neighborhoods in which we provided Rebound Ace upgrades," said Franz Fasold, president of Ace Surfaces North America. "The new courts not only bring improved and safer play surfaces to areas known for their basketball involvement, but the Nike Grind element also makes them an earth-friendly asset to the New York City community."

Nike Grind, a premium grade raw material made from recycled athletic shoes and Nike manufacturing scrap, makes up 10 percent of the freshly laid courts at Rucker Park in Harlem, Monsignor Kett Park and P.S. 92 in ­­­Manhattan and Dean Street Park in Brooklyn. In total, parts of 15,000 pairs of recycled athletic shoes were used in the creation of the courts. Prior to the renovations, many of the courts presented safety concerns and lacked the consistent ball bounce, sure-footed comfort and aesthetic appearance provided by a Rebound Ace surface. The court at Rucker Park, which already had a 10-year-old Rebound Ace with Nike Grind surface, received repairs and refurbishment to its original structure.

West Haven, Conn.-based Hinding Tennis, an agent for Rebound Ace, was responsible for the installation of the six courts. In addition to resurfacing a court at Rucker Park, New York City's legendary streetball haven, Hinding Tennis also painted a larger-than-life likeness of LeBron James sporting a New York Knicks jersey on the court in early July as a plea for James to sign with the Knicks. Hinding Tennis is credited with hundreds of surfacing and art projects at parks and schools throughout the northeast.

"Ever since we completed the installations and re-opened the courts to the public, we have seen an enthusiastic response from the community," noted Tom Hinding, owner of Hinding Tennis. "The Rebound Ace Grand Slam courts with Nike Grind are high quality, long lasting and easy to maintain, allowing for that same type of enthusiastic play well into the future."

For more information on Ace Surfaces, visit www.reboundace.com or contact Franz Fasold at 407-865-6279. For complete details about Nike Grind, visit www.nikegrind.com or contact Carol Klimas at 480-505-4527.

About Ace Surfaces
Since 1993, Ace Surfaces has provided Rebound Ace® sports surfacing systems for tennis courts, basketball courts, and multipurpose venues in North and Central America. All Rebound Ace® systems are designed for maximum durability, longer product life, reduced use of raw materials, and lower maintenance cost. Rebound Ace Sports Ltd Pty is one of very few companies in the tennis court industry with International Quality Control rating ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. As a Nike Grind premier surfacing partner, Ace Surfaces incorporates recycled shoes and manufacturing scrap into tennis courts, basketball courts and other multi-use surfaces in order to reduce waste and lower the impact on the planet. www.reboundace.com

About Nike Grind
Nike Grind is the raw material resulting from the recycling of athletic shoes collected through Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program and from the recycling of scrap materials left over from the manufacture of Nike footwear. To date, more than 24 million pairs of athletic shoes and 30,000 tons of manufacturing scrap have been recycled through this first-of-its-kind program, which originated in 1990. Engineers have found uses for Nike Grind in high-quality sports surfaces as well as in new Nike products, including numerous lines of footwear and All Conditions Gear (ACG) apparel. Nike has partnered with market-leading sports surfacing companies that use Nike Grind in the manufacture of tennis and basketball courts, running tracks, synthetic turf, children's playgrounds and fitness room flooring. www.nikegrind.com