DETROIT, Michigan — Phoenix Suns, Josh Jackson returned home to his roots to dedicate a basketball court to the city of Detroit.
Jackson teamed up with WNBA Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman and her non-profit, Nancy Lieberman Charities, Sport Court, Under Armour’s UA Freedom initiative, and the City of Detroit to provide a Dream Court at Erma Henderson Park, 8598 East Jefferson.
The 22-year-old Jackson, was joined by his family, former coaches and teammates, the Detroit Police Department, and dozens of young basketball players for the dedication of the new court.
“Nancy has been doing stuff like this for years, so for her to include me in something that’s positive for the kids of my city, is pretty cool,” said Jackson. “To be in the position that I am to today, helping people and changing lives, I feel it’s my responsibility to do it. I have a lot of kids looking up to me and I want to be as influential to them as I can be.”
Detroit became the fifth city to have a Dream Court. Dream Courts are in cities nationwide including Dallas, Charlotte, Atlanta, and PG County.
Under Armour’s UA Freedom initiative further supported the safe space for youth to engage with law enforcement in an effort to connect the platform of basketball with meaningful conversations and interactions.
“I’ve done some pretty amazing things in my career, but nothing is more important than giving back to the next generation,” said Lieberman, who has been placing Dream Courts all over the country for years. “Josh and I have a lot in common. He’s playing for the Suns, I ended my career with the Phoenix Mercury, he grew up in Detroit, and I came here to coach and play for the Detroit Shock. We both love kids and community, so to be able to partner with him and Under Armour, it was a no-brainer to come back here.”
Headed back to where @NancyLieberman started her coaching career @cityofdetroit Thank you @underarmour and @j_josh11 for partnering with us to open #DreamCourt #82 for this community! @sportcourt1974 @DetroitPAL pic.twitter.com/nQB36vfZwf
— Nancy Lieberman Charities (@NLCharities) June 11, 2019