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10th Arrondissement, Paris

Paris, a city where basketball has been brought back to its roots. Each neighbourhood competing to hold court over the others, pushing the game forward with every crossover and dunk. The suburbs ballers coming into the city with their different style of game, rivalries between arrondissements being battled out. It is competition at its best, where all teams believe the grind of the game makes them better, sharpening their skills.

The 10th arrondissement is the heartbeat of Paris Basketball, hosting one of the best streetball tournaments in the world, Quai 54. The 10th is a blend of different styles of ball skills with flare.

One of the hubs within the 10th is the Balti Zone court in Jemmapes. This court is the first in our journey to RAISE THE GAME in the local communities. The first of many local courts, that will be created by the community for the community, partnering with the local network of basketball agents that are looking for change.

 

Foot Locker is working with several talents to promote the love for basketball and drive change from a local base. In France, we have partnered up with graphic artist Etienne Bardelli and Director of Paris Basket18 Agnes Sylvester, who both grew up in a basketball-rich community.

Foot Locker is working with several talents to promote the love for basketball and drive change from a local base. In France, we have partnered up with graphic artist Etienne Bardelli and Director of Paris Basket18 Agnes Sylvester, who both grew up in a basketball-rich community.

Etienne Bardelli

“It’s indeed what I liked when I arrived in Paris, a “melting pot” with all different cultures”

Etienne Bardelli conveys his love for the game through art, and is committed to putting the French basketball on the map. He is working with Foot Locker & the NBA on designing the court in Jemmapes, Paris, and has also designed our exclusive Paris Basketball Court Kit 2020.

Agnes Sylvester

Agnes Sylvester has dedicated her life to promoting the game for girls, in a male dominated environment. Having played on all the most famous courts in Paris, she has paved the way for women and showed that persevering always pays off. She is the director of Paris Basket18, an all-female championship grassroots club.

“A basketball game is not just about competition, but also about hanging out and sharing experiences together. We need to promote this family spirit to the youth as it will give them a conduct in life”

The Balti Zone basketball court, located on Quai de Jemmapes, in the 10th arrondissement of  Paris, is probably the city’s most famous. The 10th arrondissement is the heartbeat of Paris Basketball, and hosts one of the best streetball tournaments in the world, Quai54 – and Balti Zone is one of its hubs. Thanks to the NBA and Foot Locker, this iconic basketball spot just got a spectacular makeover. Red and black graphics in an asymmetrical pattern create a vibrant pop of color in the midst of this busy metropolitan area. The new look of the Jemappes court has been revealed on September 25th, 2020, in occasion of the launch of " Raise the game". ​

Our gift to the community ​

Attached to a skatepark, this basketball court has its codes, its gestures, and its guardian angels. The 'Sons of Jemmapes' are a local community that watches over this narrow asphalt playground, and runs after-school basketball programs to support the local youth. Limited-edition basketball outfits and kits matching the design of the court were developed and donated to 'Sons of Jemmapes', to foster the sense of belonging and community that the court has generated in the neighborhood. ​