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Park DuValle neighborhood opens new Nancy Lieberman Dream Court for kids and cops

PUBLISHED August 15, 2017 | News

On Tuesday morning, the city unveiled the new Dream Court in Russell Lee Park in the Park DuValle neighborhood. The multipurpose basketball court was sponsored by Nancy Lieberman Charities, WorldVentures Foundation and the Louisville Metro Police. Lieberman has created 39 Dream Courts in low-income neighborhoods across the country over the last seven years.

According to a news release, “Dream Courts are top-quality, multipurpose play spaces built in underserved communities so children have a safe area to shoot hoops, socialize and learn about teamwork and good sportsmanship.” This is the first Dream Court for Louisville.

Mayor Fischer said that the court would provide a place that combines “learning goals and health goals.” It is also a place where LMPD officers will gather and interact with the youth.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said that typically “when people see a group of police together, they assume something terrible has happened.” But the court would be a place where “kids can see police officers for who they are as people.”

Lieberman, currently an assistant coach with the NBA Sacramento Kings, was lifelong friends with Lonnie and Muhammad Ali. This park was created at Lonnie Ali’s suggestion. Leiberman was also on the 1980s women’s basketball Olympic team that withdrew from competition because of President Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the Moscow Games.

In 2009, Lieberman became the coach of the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League, an affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks, thus becoming the first woman to coach a professional men’s basketball team. She is only the second woman to be an assistant coach in the NBA.