Mayor Eric Papenfuse will join Harlem Globetrotter Chris “Handles” Franklin to rededicate the basketball court at the  4th and Emerald Streets Playground at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

The basketball court is being renamed the Gregory Campbell Basketball Court in honor of Coach Campbell, also known as Coach Cam, who worked at the Camp Curtin YMCA for many years, dedicating his life to working with youth in Harrisburg.

Coach Campbell died Aug. 27, 2012.

“The City applauds Chris Franklin and all of those who came together to make this project a reality,” said Mayor Papenfuse. “This is an example of what our community can achieve through cooperation and hard work.”

The City has supported the efforts led by Franklin and other community leaders to renovate the basketball court.  Franklin, Jayson Johnson (Make a Layup), Duke Burnett (LOOP) and Ellis Proctor (BSMD) led the project and raised money by sponsoring two 3v3 basketball tournaments. People from throughout the community cooperated, dedicating time and resources to the project.

The park now features a mural of Coach Campbell in the middle of the court, which has been resurfaced and re-lined.  The court has state-of-the-art fiberglass backboards with breakaway rims — the only such rims on an outdoor playground in the city. It also has newly planted flowers, LED lights and paneling, and repainted fences and benches. The project cost about $16,000.

City Public Works Director Aaron Johnson and city employees supported the project, installing the backboard and lighting for the court and working with local artist Ego Ink, who painted the mural.

Among the organizations that participated in the project are:

Harlem Globetrotters – Chris “Handles” Franklin

Make a Layup – Jayson Johnson

LOOP (Left Out Organization Program) – Duke Burnett

BSMD (Brothers and Sisters Making a Difference) – Ellis Proctor

Major Prep – Brian Majors

Zumbalicious – Sandra Johnson

Hard 2 Guard

Breaking the Chains – Kevin Dolphin

Handles Entertainment – Mike Franklin and Krystol Rucker

Mother’s in Charge – Lisa Burhannan 

12 students from the Nativity School

For more information, contact Joyce M. Davis at or call 717 255 3015.



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