Build Courts Not Walls

We are the Venice Basketball League (“VBL”). Founded in 2006, we started off with a small tournament with 12 teams from all over the city – just some passionate players brought together by the love of the game. Since then, VBL has grown into a can’t miss experience featuring NBA veterans, streetball stars and local players.

Over the last eleven years, VBL has come to be a cornerstone in the Venice Beach community, even starting our own youth initiative, Kids VBL – a summer camp where we teach kids about fitness and wellness as well as help them strengthen their game.

There’s no better way to put it: We build courts, not walls. #buildcourts

At this time, the courts are in poor shape and we need your help to give them a new look. The city of Venice Beach has agreed to work with us to work on the courts. We have decided to meet that challenge head-on. We are aiming to do a complete maintenance project and fresh paint design.  We don’t just want to renovate them, we will also cover the on-going maintenance over the next three years.

Itemized list of use of proceeds:

Labor: $13,000 (Fill in cracks & pot holes)
Primer: $10,000

Paint: $13,000

Maintenance (3 years): $24,000

 Total fundraising goal: $60,000

If we achieve our goal we will also give away another 500 basketballs to deserving kids :)

Rejuvenating our home court of Venice Beach is the first step in our build courts not wall global campaign. There are a number of courts all over the world that need a little love, and people all over the world who turn to basketball as a means to rise above. One of VBL's missions is to lend a hand to these communities around the world.

Every dollar counts and we are humbly asking for your support.

Reward Levels

1.       A DVD of VBL’s Greatest Hits - $15

2.       A commemorative VBL basketball and Greatest Hits DVD - $25

3.       Build Courts not Walls T-shirt and Greatest Hits DVD - $40

4.       Commemorative photography book, Build Courts Tee and Greatest hits DVD - $80

5.       Commemorative photography book, Basketball and DVD $100

6.       VBL hoodie and shorts and all of the previous rewards - $200

8.       Custom VBL uniform autographed by Metta World Peace + all of the above rewards - $300

9.       You can play on Metta World Peace’s VBL team for a game + all of the above rewards $600

10.   US ONLY – a VIP Weekend for 2 in Venice Beach with the VBL - $1200

11.   Title Sponsorship of a VBL team - $5000

If you would like to donate over $1,000 and want a custom package, please contact us at

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    • $1,500 
    • 27 mos
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