The morning of June 4 at the Pau Casals track in Masnou was a demonstration of the strength of the citizens and the charisma of Ricky Rubio, who took the lead in the rehabilitation of a sports center of vital social importance for this area of Alt Manou.
The project of restoration, repair and refurbishment of the neighborhood facilities was an initiative of The Ricky Rubio Foundation in collaboration with the Ajuntament del Masnou and the help of the club El Masnou Basquetbol. An unstoppable and determined common front that managed to bring together more than a hundred volunteers involved in the different teams that, organized by areas, spectacularly transformed the landscape and the soul of the courts in just under three hours.
At ten o’clock in the morning of this hot Saturday morning, the signs of deterioration due to the passage of time, use, weather and vandalism were evident. The change was striking when Ricky Rubio left after receiving an affectionate applause from that great team, anonymous and supportive, with whom he shared the day.
The lines of the court had begun to be painted, the goals were as good as new and the newly installed baskets that Ricky Rubio himself had helped to place on a mechanical lift and using the appropriate tools could be used for the first time.
While Ricky Rubio finished screwing and securing the backboards, part of the volunteers repainted the benches, the playground equipment, the ping-pong tables and the walls, while the rest of the team cleaned up the court and put up the protective nets, which were also brand new.
The teams of volunteers responded to the call of the Ajuntament del Masnou, various social organizations and the Community Team of The Ricky Rubio Foundation, boys and girls who learn the values of sport and improve their social skills through basketball. The Community Team of Masnou has its center of activities in the Mar i Cel space, very close to the court rehabilitated with this community action that has already become a reference experience for the citizenship.
In a second phase, after the community rehabilitation day, we will proceed to the interior painting of the basketball courts, about 450 m², to culminate this successful initiative that aims to provide social access to sport for all residents in the best conditions.