Heard on the Hill

Pols Post Up for Community Basketball Court Christening

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Steny H. Hoyer, D-Md., and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., will join iconic District sports figures at the Tuesday unveiling of a new basketball court erected outside the Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center at 2500 Pomeroy Road SE.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Hoops for Youth sprung for the “modern” blacktop, which replaces a woefully run-down predecessor.

(Courtesy Horton's Kids)

(Courtesy Horton's Kids)

“Most of the concrete was uneven and cracked,” a Horton’s Kids aide said of the dilapidated, single-hoop play area the local nonprofit had to contend with prior to the monthlong renovation.

Monumental CEO and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis will be on hand to help break in the new court, and he’s bringing along Wizards players Otto Porter Jr. and Jan Vesely to, presumably, run a few drills with local youths. The official program will run 4-5:30 p.m.; after that, the open-air court will be available to anyone who wants to drive to the hoop.

No word on whether McCarthy, the competition-minded House majority whip, will attempt to channel His Airness: