Pat Connaughton Foundation

The Pat Connaughton Foundation Proves that Basketball is More than a Game

Never have we ever…built three brands, while our client was a little busy winning the NBA championship. Oh wait, yes we have. In 2021, Milwaukee Bucks player Pat Connaughton engaged with Savage to get the ball rolling on rebranding his non-profit organization that teaches kids healthy habits and translatable life skills through the vehicle of basketball. 

Scope

  • Brand Architecture
  • Brand Identity
  • Naming
  • Website

The Client: Pat Connaughton Foundation

Founded by Milwaukee Bucks champion Pat Connaughton, the Pat Connaughton Foundation is all about giving back to the community and paying it forward to the next generation of athletes. The organization uses basketball as a vehicle to teach kids not only fundamentals of the sport, but translatable life skills that will help them achieve success on and off the court. 

The Challenge

Shooting at Too Many Hoops

When Pat approached Savage, the organization was, well, not very organized. They were running camps and clinics, in addition to installing basketball courts, and looking at potential mentorship and scholarship opportunities somewhere down the road. 

But their mission was there. Everyone on the team agreed that the mission of the foundation is to inspire and motivate young athletes to put their dreams into action—whatever their dreams may be. 

Once we broke down their goals and offerings, we discovered that what we initially thought was one brand, was actually three: the parent company, a sub-brand to encapsulate camps and clinics, and another sub-brand to encompass court installations and refurbishments. 

Equipped with this new knowledge, Savage set to work building three separate brands, keeping two important things in mind: 

  1. The brands had to look and feel like one family 
  2. The brands had to appeal to both donors and kids

The Strategy

All in the Family

Building Brand Architecture is always a surefire way to get everyone on the same page. Through our collaborative Brand Architecture workshop and interviews, we developed a brand positioning statement, core values, voice, and most importantly—a story.

We looked to Pat and the PCF team for feedback and insight on visual direction. This led to creating logos that were elevated and professional for the Pat Connaughton Foundation parent brand, which would primarily be used to communicate with donors. The camps and clinics, housed under the brand 24:UP—named for Pat’s philosophy of maximizing the 24 hours in every day, and the idea that everyone has “unlimited potential,”—is more youthful, energetic, and inspired by graffiti. Connaughton Courts has elements of both 24:UP and the Pat Connaughton Foundation brands.

RESULTS

The Result

Three brands. One Awesome Organization. And One Incredibly Cool Story to Tell.

Their new website went live just after the New Year, and Pat and team are ready to get the ball rolling on camps, clinics, and court development. Young athletes and their parents can consult the event calendar and see when 24:UP is coming to their community, and anyone can nominate a facility for a court installation or refurbishment. 

Pat connaughton in a huddle with basketball campers.

The whole branding process was fun and insightful. I’m confident in the outcome, which is a simple, unique, and powerful brand that gives us a competitive edge.”

Pat Connaughton, President

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