Courts at Sunset Elementary in San Ysidro Get Fresh New Look with Inspiration from Students

Public art Nestor Hem
Volunteers at work on the court painting project at Sunset Elementary School. Photo credit: Courtesy, AT&T

Sunset Elementary School in San Ysidro received a unique gift this week and the public art was based on the work of young students.

Thanks to a corporate program to revitalize community sports and play courts in at-risk areas, students were paired with an artist to create a vibrant mural to be painted on the courts.

Sunset students created drawings that served as inspiration for renowned Tijuana graffiti and plastic artist Nestor Hem, who shaped a design for the school.

AT&T volunteers painted and rehabilitated the sports court on campus on Thursday, based on Hem’s design.

In August 2022, AT&T Mexico launched “Revive tu Cancha,” or “Revive Your Court,” with the goal of painting and rehabilitating 50 multi-purpose courts across Mexico.

The program, though, included two sites from the U.S. Officials from the San Ysidro School District joined Sunset administrators and AT&T representatives for the painting event.

The work also is being done to mark the #USMX200 Bicentennial celebration of the year, 1822, when formal diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Mexico were established. On Sept. 13, AT&T held an event to officially announce the collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

With 30 courts rehabilitated to date, the remaining courts are set to be finished this year.