Home Court Advantage
WorldVentures Foundation™, Nancy Lieberman Charities and the Dallas Police Department (DPD) joined forces for the opening of two Dallas Strong Dream Courts™ for underserved children in Dallas, Texas. Officially the 32nd and 33rd Dream Courts to open nationwide, they mark a significant milestone in the program as the first of many to come in Dallas. These state-of-the-art spaces provide children with safe places to play and bridge the relationship between DPD and the community. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held in December at two city parks located less than five miles apart.
Each celebration — Dec. 6 at Willie Mae Butler Park/Larry Johnson Recreation Center, and Dec. 8 at the JW Ray Park — brought in a host of local dignitaries including city officials, executives, community leaders and benefactors.
Nancy Lieberman — basketball Hall of Famer, Sacramento Kings assistant coach and founder of Nancy Lieberman Charities — spoke at both openings.
“Things come together for the right reasons, at the right time,” she said. “And I am excited, so excited about this collaboration that we are planning to build at least 10 more of these.”
Each Dream Court features two basketball goals and Sport Court’s SportGame™ high-performance safety surface, accented with shades of blue in honor of officers who serve the community. In addition to the Dream Courts logo, the courts are decorated with the official silver-and-blue badge of the DPD.
Former DPD Chief David Brown played an important role in the Dream Courts, working with Lieberman even after retiring from the force after 33 years in October. Brown, now an ABC News contributor, spoke at both events and shared his story about growing up in inner-city Dallas and the personal impact a basketball court made on his life.
“The fact that the police will be partnering with these kids, in this neighborhood, on this court for mentoring, character building, trust building and life-skills building is special,” Brown said. “It just feels magical.”