MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Without fanfare, a Muskegon Heights man is trying to make the basketball courts where he played growing up look more like they did when he was a boy.
Terrance Stewart started working a few weeks ago on cleaning up the courts at 8th Street and Hovey, which have been neglected over the years. The effort started with picking up garbage and then painting. He also recruited others in the community to help.
Together, the group has replaced all the backboards and nets. They also gave the courts new lines and painted over gang graffiti.
"The city is in a financial crisis," Stewart said. "We in the community have to do it. Kids do not need to see gang signs; give them a chance. Give them a chance to be kids, like we had a chance to be kids."
The group will next start working on an old baseball diamond nearby, so neighborhood children have a place to play that sport, too.