Street artist, Codwell ES students re-imagine NCAA March Madness logo

Well-known Houston street artist GONZO247 shared his craft with about a dozen Codwell Elementary School students on Jan. 20, creating a colorful painting of the new men’s NCAA March Madness logo.

The painting will hang in a soon-to-be-restored basketball court at the Jim & Barbara Morefield Boys & Girls Club, which serves nearly 1,000 predominately African-American youth.

The new NCAA logo was announced immediately following the art lesson at a press conference celebrating the NCAA men’s college basketball Final Four tournament, which will be held in Houston April 1–4. The painting was unveiled at the press conference, along with a plan to restore the basketball court.

Codwell students were intrigued by the colorful artist, who wore a dark hoodie and paint-splattered pants as he demonstrated how to use various tools to create the painting.

“It’s all about layers,” he said. “Once we get our background done, you can help me use the stencils to paint silhouettes of male and female basketball players on it.”

“This is really cool!” said one student. “I think I want to be an artist when I grow up!”

Codwell is one of the HISD schools participating in the NCAA Read to the Final Four literacy competition held in conjunction with the NCAA men’s college basketball Final Four tournament. During the Final Four weekend, six major fan events will be held, including free and low-cost events for children and their families.

On Final Four Friday, the NCAA will transport HISD students to the location where the winner of the literacy competition will be announced. All participating HISD schools are invited.

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