The idea for courts of the world came during a trip to Shanghai when "CG" was looking for a basketball court where he could check out the local competition.
In 2006 however, there was no online listing of basketball courts in China and it was nearly impossible to talk to locals to get any information.... hence no hoops.
Back home in Germany, CG got thinking…. Why wasn‘t there a website that told you where to find streetball courts anywhere in the world? How good the players were? How to get in touch with them?
So, CG and his his basketball playing brother Claas did some research. And found out that there actually were websites that provided lists of streetball courts, but more often than not, an address was missing and you couldn’t really get an idea of the court and the competition. Plus, the sites were always restricted to a single country (keep in mind that this was in 2006).
We then asked ourselves, what a global website would need in order to acknowledge the needs of a basketball-addict that wants to:
a) connect with like-minded people and find the best courts and
b) represent his or her city, turf and skills.
The result of months (in fact YEARS) of work, including the hard core programming skills of friend Stephan, can now be experienced at Courtsoftheworld.com, where you can share anything about your favourite courts, discover new ones and connect with ballers from around the globe!
With the help of users, we have mapped nearly 40,000 basketball courts and many with photos!
In 2019, Sweden-based American Ryan O'Leary joined the team. With his son bugging him to find courts during all of their family travels, he thought he would have more fun further developing Courts of the World than using it!