NANCY LIEBERMAN OPENS DREAMCOURT IN INDIANAPOLIS

April 6, 2016

On Monday, April 4, 2016, Basketball Hall of Famer, NBRPA Board Member and current Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman opened a new DreamCourt outdoor playing surface at the Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Indianapolis as part of the NCAA Team Works Legacy Project. The court dedication and opening was a collaborative effort made possible in partnership with WorldVentures Foundation, Nancy Lieberman Charities, Indiana Sports Corp and NCAA Team Works during the NCAA Women’s Final Four. This donative effort marks an astounding 23rd time Lieberman’s charity foundation has collaborated to plan and implement a top-quality basketball court in an underserved area of the community.
nancy“The coolest part about doing these DreamCourts is you get the chance to see all these wonderful young people who need to be in healthy positive environments, and that’s what we’re doing. I was them; it was my dream as a kid to be on a court, and have people around that didn’t judge.” Lieberman said at the court’s dedication. “The DreamCourt is about inclusiveness [and] the WorldVentures Foundation and Nancy Lieberman Charities are all about coming together for the good to change the world.”

The DreamCourt opening came on the anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, whom the park was named after. The site is also the place where the late politician Robert Kennedy paid tribute to Dr. King in a resounding speech he delivered following King’s passing. In reverence of Dr. King, several of the speakers emphasized his impact, including Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president of women’s basketball championships, who introduced Lieberman to the audience. Nancy Lieberman took the podium and immediately captivated attendees, offering the following sentiments:

I know how important this park is to this city and this community, and to be able to be standing here in our part with the WorldVentures Foundation and Nancy Lieberman Charities, to be here to share a little bit of your joy…your happiness, and your significance to what happened on that day…I’m very appreciative.

Students from the neighboring Indiana Public School 27, Center for Inquiry, attended the dedication and listened intently as speakers emphasized inclusivity and the importance of aspirations. The event concluded with the court opening for play with kids eager to shoot hoops on the new DreamCourt, only after the ceremonial first shot – a backwards, half-court toss by Lieberman, which she drained just as the Rocky Balboa theme song began to play over the speakers.

Nancy Lieberman has been a champion and a role model throughout her career and remains passionate about giving back to the community through her foundation.On May 13, 2016, the T.J. Martell Foundation will host a luncheon to honor Lieberman as one of their 2016 Women of Influence, in recognition of her impact on society. The Women of Influence Awards honor outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing their work, family, home and health. The luncheon will take place in New York City at the Plaza Hotel and will feature six other outstanding female honorees. NBRPA members are encouraged to attend; tickets may be purchased HERE – ticket proceeds will benefit the the Foundation’s breast and ovarian cancer research programs. For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation please visit tjmartell.org.

About the Nancy Lieberman Charities
Nancy Lieberman Charities’ mission is to provide a healthy physical, emotional and mental environment for young girls and boys to build their self-esteem and confidence so they are equipped to make positive choices in the future. The organization is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that sports and educational opportunities exist for youth through her basketball camps and clinics, DreamCourts projects and educational programs. For more information on Nancy Lieberman Charities, please visit nancyliebermancharities.org.

About the National Basketball Retired Players Association
The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA) is comprised of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, WNBA and Harlem Globetrotters. It is a 501(c) 3 organization with a mission to develop, implement and advocate a wide array of programs to benefit its members, supporters and the community. The NBRPA was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Archie Clark, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association. Arnie D. Fielkow is the President and CEO, and the NBRPA Board of Directors includes Chairman of the Board Thurl Bailey, Vice Chairman Dwight Davis, Treasurer Eldridge Recasner, Secretary Nancy Lieberman, Rick Barry, James Donaldson, Mike Glenn, Spencer Haywood, LaRue Martin Jr., David Naves, Johnny Newman and Casey Shaw.