Leadership Lodi raised $6,200 this year to build a half-court basketball court with an in-ground hoop at the One-Eighty Teen Center on Lockeford Street.
The 10 members of Leadership Lodi gathered around a pile of dirt behind the youth center's new building that the nonprofit purchased in 2009 and renovated.
The center offers kids a place to go after school and includes a skate park, a community garden, a cafe, pool tables and a place for local youth bands to perform.
Executive Director Jake McGregor accepted the check and thanked the Leadership Lodi members.
"We have skaters, artists, music scene kids, and we would like to offer something for everyone," he said.
Leadership Lodi is a year-long class offered through the Lodi Chamber of Commerce, where local residents can learn how the city works. The class meets 10 times, and they spend each day on a variety of topics, including government, education, law, agribusiness and economic development. Members of the class host a fundraiser every year and then donate the money to local organizations. They earned the money this year through a wine event and silent auction at Viaggio Winery that raised the $6,200 necessary for the court.
The class found out that the center wanted to put in the courts to provide another option to entertain kids, Leadership Lodi member Susie Klusman said. She negotiated with local contractors and building suppliers to lower the total cost of the project.
"There's not a safe place to play around here," Klusman said.
Leadership Lodi also secured a grant from Wells Fargo to provide $5,000 to the Lodi Public Library's Adult Literacy Program, which lost all of its funding sources because of budget cuts.
For more information on attending, volunteering or donating to the One-Eighty Teen Center, go to www.180.lodi.org.
For information on joining the next Leadership Lodi class, go to www.lodichamber.com/leadershiplodi.