The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation and Icy Hot announced the opening of their fifth Comebaq Court at the Challengers Boys & Girls Club of Metro Los Angeles, as part of their combined efforts to inspire the next generation of athletes and rebuild healthy places for kids to play in underserved communities.
The new Comebaq Court – created in collaboration with the Lakers Youth Foundation – will provide Club members with a refurbished space to play and hone their basketball skills.
“Restoring basketball courts and creating safe places for kids to play has always been important to me,” Shaquille O’Neal said. “I was a kid at the Boys & Girls Club once, and the community supported me beyond just sports. I’m thrilled to celebrate the opening of this Comebaq Court at Challengers Boys & Girls Club for our kids to enjoy, as we ensure the next generation has access to safe places like these to follow their dreams.”
The opening of the Los Angeles Comebaq Court comes as Shaquille O’Neal and Icy Hot celebrate 20 consecutive years of partnering together. In that time, they’ve refurbished courts in Las Vegas, Newark, Miami and Atlanta to give thousands of local kids in need a welcoming place to play. It also comes on the heels of launching Icy Hot Kids – the very first line of topical pain care products specifically formulated for kids, ages 2-12.
“We are delighted to once again join forces with The Shaquille O’Neal Foundation to strengthen communities nationwide, so kids have well-equipped courts and other safe spaces to play,” said Vincent Balagat, Icy Hot Sr. Brand Director at Sanofi. “Looking ahead, as Icy Hot continues to evolve in 2024 and beyond, we remain dedicated to supporting the next generation of athletes.”