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.

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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.

“They are just happy,” he said, of the kids who use the park. “They be out here all day. They don’t even leave, we got to make them leave. They are happy to be playing, happy to be out here.”

Bradley said he hopes the court will offer the kids a safe haven.

“That’s the beauty of it,” he said. “Some kids don’t have anywhere to go around here. Some of them have family issues. They can come out here any time of the day or night to shoot around, play games and do what they want to do.”

Bradley said the court works twofold: giving the kids something physical to do while also reminding them of the important things in life.