NCAA and partners leave lasting legacy at MLK Park
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA, Indiana Sports Corp, the Nancy Lieberman Foundation and the WorldVentures Foundation have partnered to donate a new DreamCourt outdoor playing surface and provide landscaping and beautification to Martin Luther King Jr. Park as part of the NCAA Team Works Legacy Project.
“The opportunity to strengthen the communities we touch surrounding the Women’s Final Four, as well as all NCAA championship events, is a priority for the NCAA. We are honored to support Martin Luther King Jr. Park and its rich history in the Indianapolis community,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball championships. “NCAA Team Works represents the ongoing commitment of the NCAA national office staff, partners and local organizations to community stewardship and we are grateful to all who have helped make this vision a reality today.”
The court restoration included the painting of benches, updated landscaping and improving the safety of the playground for the boys and girls who utilize Martin Luther King Jr. Park.
“Basketball and amateur sports are a big part of our hearts in Indiana, and we are so grateful to our partners at the NCAA, Indiana Sports Corp, Nancy Lieberman Charities and WorldVenture Foundation for helping us to provide more opportunities for these activities in our parks,” said Linda Broadfoot, Indy Parks and Recreation director. “It is our hope that through the investments in the new court, the new playground and improved shelter here at MLK Park, neighborhood residents will get even greater use out of healthy physical activities, amenities and programs.”
The WorldVentures Foundation collaborates with the Nancy Lieberman Foundation in the DreamCourts program to plan and implement top-quality basketball courts in underserved areas throughout the nation. Students from the neighboring Indiana Public School 27, Center for Inquiry, will be in attendance to observe the reveal during a dedication on April 4 at noon.
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As part of the 2016 NCAA Championships, the NCAA Team Works Legacy Project are proud to provide lasting legacies in the host cities of the Women’s Final Four (Indianapolis), Men’s Final Four (Houston), Men’s College World Series (Omaha, Nebraska) and Women’s College World Series (Oklahoma City).
About NCAA Team Works
NCAA Team Works represents the ongoing community outreach efforts of the NCAA national office staff, partners and local organizations. Through initiatives such as service learning projects in local schools, disaster relief efforts and volunteer opportunities, the NCAA and its partners work together to leave a lasting legacy in the communities we touch.
Specific NCAA Team Works projects include youth clinics, backpack and school supply donations and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee outreach efforts with Special Olympics and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. NCAA Staff also volunteer for community efforts that support a variety of causes including The United Way.
ABOUT DR. M.L. KING JR. PARK
Named for the civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park has a rich history in the community. The site where Robert Kennedy gave his memorable speech the night King was assassinated in 1968, the park is home to the Landmark for Peace memorial sculpture, which honors the contributions of both slain leaders. The Park was acquired in 1961 and sets on 14.3 acres of land, attracting over 16,000 visitors per year.