Author: Ryan O'Leary

‘Roundball Religion’ Photography in America’s Heartland

Roundball Religion is the title of the project of American photographer and teacher Joe Cornett to capture basketball hoops and courts in the heartland of America. “This body of work is a photographic exploration of rustic and makeshift basketball hoops and playgrounds found throughout the United States. The backboard and space give us insight about the culture of basketball in various regions of the country. I’m interested in not only the image, but also the backstory that comes with each hoop.” says the California based photography instructor.

The “American Dream” title photo
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Must Hoop : Kinloch Park in St. Louis

Basketball courts don’t need to to be over complicated to bring hours of joy. All you need is ninety-four by fifty feet of hard court surface, and a hoop at either end to bring smiles to people’s faces. One such court that has brought players back to play after the upgrade is the “must hoop” court in Kinloch Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kinloch Park in St. Louis

Despite the formula being so simple, this has not stopped creative minds from around the world constructing some of the most unique courts we have ever seen. These feasts for the eyes have become national landmarks, and bucket list items when visiting certain countries.

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Top 10 Basketball Courts on the Beach

For basketball players, there is something special about hooping right near the water. We take a look at the some of the best basketball courts in the world that are on or near the beach. Check them out here!

Venice Beach Basketball
The Most Famous Basketball Beach Court – Venice Beach

You can at some of the best and most well-known outdoor courts in the world.

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Must Hoop : The Venice Beach Basketball Courts

Right next to the worldwide famous Muscle Beach and Gym in Los Angeles, California, are the legendary Venice Beach Basketball Courts, which is a “must hoop” streetball court.

It is said that the best pickup basketball in the city of Los Angeles can be found at these courts. They attract players of all ages and skill levels and the courts at Venice Beach are some of the most well-known in the U.S. and even the world.

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