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.

You Might Also Be Interested In…


Meet Brezay

by Kierstyn Pryor Meet Brezay, a 22-year-old rising in the Memphis music scene who you need to know. From marketing to choreography and dance, to songwriting, and of course, singing, Brezay is a multi-talented artist with a blend of R&B and hip-hop that make this Memphis gem one to watch.  […]


Five Questions with whit3corset

by Zachary Corsa Emily White wants you to have fun. The driving force behind Memphis noise-punk juggernaut whit3corset makes art that is an open nerve of vulnerability and rage, marrying raw pathos with beats that can whiplash from terrifying to tender at a moment’s notice. Imagine the best Xiu […]


The Latest | August 8

With Gonerfest, Mempho, and Cooper Young Fest still around the corner, it might feel like a quiet time in the Memphis music scene, but there were still plenty of notable stories circling about worthy of attention. From the passing of a local icon to a new Memphis-centric game, here are some of […]