November 21, 2016— The City of Independence, home to Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavaliers player development center and practice facility, has ceremonially renamed a section of Brecksville Rd. (Rt. 21) to “Cavaliers Way” in honor of the 2016 NBA Champions. The half-mile stretch begins at the intersection of Brecksville and Rockside roads, leading north to Cleveland Clinic Courts (6101 Brecksville Rd.).
In a dedication ceremony on Monday afternoon, Independence Mayor Anthony L. Togliatti presented the Key to the City to Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski and GM David Griffin before leading the unveiling of two new “Cavaliers Way” street signs.
In July 2016, Independence City Council unanimously voted to pass the resolution to proclaim a designated portion of Brecksville Road be called “Cavaliers Way,” to demonstrate appreciation and further awareness of the Cavaliers organization being part of the Independence community.
“It was an honor to have Len Komoroski, CEO of the Cleveland Cavaliers, along with Cavaliers General Manager Dave Griffin at our dedication ceremony for “Cavaliers Way”. We consider Independence as a second home for the Cleveland Cavaliers and we could not be more proud of their success and what they have brought to NE Ohio. Renaming a portion of Brecksville Road is a small gesture to show our appreciation and gratitude for what they have brought to Northeast Ohio and the Independence Community,” said Mayor Togliatti.
The Cavaliers became a member of the Independence community when Cleveland Clinic Courts opened in September 2007. The $25 million investment for the state-of-the art facility made by the team reflected the Cavaliers commitment to establish a championship culture for the team and players. Today, the NBA Champion Cavaliers are a testament to that vision, and Cleveland Clinic Courts continues to be one of the top player training and development facilities in all of sports.
“We have a great partnership with the City of Independence who gave us a warm welcome close to 10 years ago when we opened Cleveland Clinic Courts,” said Cavaliers CEO Len Komoroski. “This community has become the home away from home for our players, coaches and front office staff, and although we say ‘champions live here’ at The Q, we thank Mayor Togliatti and City Council for making it so all those who travel Cavaliers Way will be reminded, champions live here too.”
The unveiling ceremony took place on the southeast corner of the Brecksville Road and Rockside Road intersection with invited guests that included US Congressman Dave Joyce, Ohio State Senator Tom Patton, Ohio State Representative Marlene Anielski, and Ohio State Senator-Elect Matt Dolan in addition to the City’s Elected Officials and members of the Mayor’s Administration. Members of the Cavaliers Girls and Scream Team dance teams were also on hand to add to the festivities of the special event.