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School receives new court after successful St. Jude’s fundraiser

Friday, May 17th, 2019

Students at a Denver school raised more than $20,000 for St. Jude’s Research Hospital, and their efforts brought the school quite a prize.The students at Thomas Jefferson High School weren’t sure how they were going to raise such a large amount of money, Anne Rice, athletic director and assistant principal, said. So they had to […]

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Three in a row

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

For the third year in a row, we’ve won Best Court Design in the Wood Floor Business Magazine Awards!This year, we submitted the outside-the-box Warehouse 747 court that we put down in Los Angeles for Adidas.Check out the full story here.Previous winners were Cumberland County High School Jets (2018) and Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns (2017).

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Latrice White, Human Resources hero

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Latrice White, Human Resources Manager, came to Praters two years ago looking for a change.“I was diversity coordinator at a large organization,” she said. “I needed a change from corporate America. But I wanted to stay in HR, because that’s what I love to do.”She’d never heard of Praters before, but applied for the job […]

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John Prater interviewed on the 720 in 720 podcast

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

John went on the podcast to talk about using basketball for fundraising, setting your facility apart from the rest and…Snoop Dogg.Don’t miss this awesome conversation with John Shulman, founder of 720 Sports Group and former head college basketball coach.You can listen to the podcast on iTunes or at this link.

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Mike Slive Foundation uses basketball in fight against cancer

Monday, February 4th, 2019

When Mike Slive, the former commissioner of Conference USA and the SEC, passed away in 2018, he left behind a great legacy – but not just in college athletics.Slive was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late ‘90s, and after retiring in 2015, he was the inspiration for a non-profit foundation with the mission […]

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Learning the ropes with Doug Sosa

Monday, January 21st, 2019

From day one, Doug has shown that his desire to learn would be a huge asset to Praters. “On Doug’s first day, I happened to be at the office at 7 in the morning,” John Prater said. “I heard a knock on the door, and there’s Doug – half an hour early.” Doug started working […]

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The Untold History of Basketball Court Design

Monday, January 21st, 2019

By John Prater It started when I was in college. My roommate had just moved out of our dorm, leaving me without anything on the walls. So one day, I was staring at my cinder block wall while listening to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” when it hit me – that album cover would look awesome […]

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Thank You for a Wonderful 2018!

Friday, December 28th, 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re taking time to look back and reflect on the year that we had as a company. For us, that means asking some questions – what did we accomplish this year? How was 2018 different than years past? And what will make us even better moving forward into the […]

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Battle 4 Atlantis, from start to finish

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Battle 4 Atlantis got the full Praters treatment, from start to finish.The courts are a great example of the variety of in-house services we provide, and the way we will take on your project like it is our own.When we first learn of a customer’s needs, we rally all aspects of our business to make […]

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Praters partners with Maui Invitational for 7th year

Monday, November 19th, 2018

The Maui Invitational is one of the biggest holiday tournaments in college basketball, and coincidentally, one of our favorite events every year.And not only because we get to go to Hawaii.The 2018 tournament will host 8 of the year’s top teams, including Auburn, Arizona, Duke, and Gonzaga. Five times the winner of the Maui Invitational […]

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