Local comedian brings basketball park for kids to Frayser community

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Children in one Mid-South community have a safer place to play thanks to a local comedian and activist.

Mario Bradley, who performs as Grove Hero, is known for making people laugh with his comedy routines onstage.

Offstage, he’s known for giving back to the community with housing and meals for the needy.

Now, he’s created a basketball park for kids in his old Frayser neighborhood.

Bradley said he got the inspiration to build in February when he saw children in his Ridge Grove neighborhood playing at a makeshift park built by a resident.

Bradly told FOX13 the backboard on the basketball goal has a photo of him and his son, because a lot of kids in the area don’t have a father.

He said he wanted to implement a sense of unity, family and love.

The basketball court is only the beginning of what will be Grove Hero Park.

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