The 2018-2019 school year is off to a rocky start for Paul Quinn College. First, the new basketball court has been deemed too expensive and then there was an alarming incident that left two students hospitalized with burns from molten metal on Monday. The college will continue to await word about how it will be able to pay for these renovations as well as what caused this event in the first place.,
When it comes to the best basketball court designs, Paul Quinn College may be the best.
The school’s president, Michael Sorrell, definitely believes so.
“Our court is without a doubt the greatest basketball court in the United States. Anyone who disagrees with us is invited to compete in a home-and-home series for bragging rights “Sorrell said.
On Tuesday, Paul Quinn, a historically Black institution in Dallas, presented its new look. The color pattern is black, silver, and purple, with the school’s purple-and-yellow tiger insignia on the court as well.
The words “We” and “Me” on both free throw lines allude to the school’s motto: “We over me.”
The magnificent artwork at the midcourt serves as a powerful historical lesson.
The black-and-white photograph of the Dallas skyline was shot somewhere between 1919 and 1920. Sorrell stated why the school picked this photograph, emphasizing the fact that it was shot during the Jim Crow period, when Black people were not allowed to freely roam around downtown Dallas.
Paul Quinn University, a historically black institution in Dallas, Texas, has unveiled its new court design. Hernandez, Roberto
Sorrell said that he intends to put the photograph on the court to start dialogues and teach people about racial relations and the history of racism in Texas and the United States.
“This resurgence of public racism is a problem,” said Sorrell. “We needed it (the court) to send a variety of signals. This isn’t just about Paul Quinn; whatever we do is part of a larger message… the arena will be a lesson in history. It was a learning experience.”
This is just the beginning of historical education. More images related to Black history will soon be placed throughout the center’s halls, according to Sorrell.
On the new court design, Sorrell collaborated closely with FreeThreeKey designer Ryan Parker. Parker had previously created graphics for the school, and Sorrell was so delighted with his work that he invited him to take on this project. They went through numerous different designs before settling on this one. When it came to fruition, though, Sorrell knew it was the one.
Sorrell remarked, “The lighting went off… this was hot… this is everything.”
Brandon Espinosa, the men’s basketball coach at Paul Quinn, and Erica Anderson, the women’s basketball coach at Paul Quinn, both agreed.
“When we first saw the court, we were all really taken aback. It was a very memorable day for our squad “According to Espinosa.
“I am completely enamored with the court! This design and idea are on another level entirely “Anderson said.
Another view of Paul Quinn’s new basketball court, this time with the Dallas skyline, taken by Roberto Hernandez circa 1920.
The Red River Conference is home to Paul Quinn’s basketball teams, who begin their regular seasons in November for both men’s and women’s teams.
Sorrell expects that the new court will assist the college’s “ascension” into being a more influential member of its community, as well as enticing some of the greatest players in the country to play for it.
“I’ve had hundreds of emails, messages, and DMs since the court’s announcement wondering about our program. Being a student at Paul Quinn College is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity “According to Espinosa.
Students, athletes, and instructors have all shown interest in the new design. It has prompted people to question not just about the photograph, but also about its historical importance.
“People have been inquiring about PQC every day since it was unveiled… I believe the design piques student-athletes’ interest, but I believe history forces them to place themselves in a position to want to be a part of change just out of curiosity “Anderson said.