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Paul Quinn unveils new Basketball Court

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By Marva Sneed

The oldest liberal arts HBCU west of the Mississippi, Paul Quinn College, continues to make history and headlines. Tuesday, there was yet another milestone with the unveiling of a newly-designed basketball court, housed  in the new 1,100-person capacity Health & Wellness Center – the first new building on campus in almost 50 years. 

According to President Michael J. Sorrell, the facility will be used by Paul Quinn’s men and women’s varsity basketball teams, cheer and dance teams, Health & Wellness majors and select community partners.

“This morning we have the unbelievable opportunity to unveil our brand new basketball court,” said Dr. Sorrell. “Now we have unveiled lots of new things since returning from the pandemic. We have unveiled the new residence hall, the Health & Wellness Center, Dr. Frederick D. Haynes, III Global Preparatory Academy at Paul Quinn College and KIPP Oak Cliff Academy.” 

Dr. Sorrell was beaming with pride as he praised the designer of the basketball court, Ryan Parker, Founder of Free Key Three Creative. The design features historical images of the Dallas skyline, including the winged Pegasus. According to Parker, the goal of the design was to “highlight both the College’s and Southern Dallas’ connection to the city.”  

Naming rights for the basketball court are available as well as several other sponsorship opportunities, said Dr. Sorrell. Interested organizations or individuals may reach out to Alexia Valencia, Development Associate for Paul Quinn at for more details. 

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