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New basketball court at Oak Cliff YMCA will honor memory of slain hometown star Andre Emmett

PUBLISHED August 7, 2020 | News

At the grand opening Friday, visitors can pick up free meals and receive free COVID-19 testing.

A new basketball court dedicated to the life of Andre Emmett, the former Carter High and Texas Tech basketball star who was killed near his Dallas home last year, will be dedicated Friday at the Oak Cliff YMCA.

At the grand opening of the “Dream Court,” supported by Nancy Lieberman Charities, the charitable movement Everyone Eatz will distribute fresh meals and WellHealth of Frisco will offer free COVID-19 testing. The Nancy Lieberman Charities 90th Dream Court was donated by Toyota.

Lieberman, a WNBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer who now lives in Plano, has previously spoken about her friendship with Emmett — both were part of the BIG3 basketball league — and her efforts to honor his memory.

Ram Mehta, co-owner of In-Fretta restaurants in Plano and Irving, co-founded Everyone Eatz to help feed and support people who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dream Court opening takes place from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. The testing and food event runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Oak Cliff YMCA, 6701 S. Hampton Road in Dallas.

Everyone Eatz plans to give out about 3,000 meals, marking a milestone of 300,000 free meals that the movement has distributed since the start of the pandemic. Free COVID-19 testing will be performed on site and dental kits will also be handed out.