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Nancy Lieberman Charities Unveils Dream Court™ in Honor of Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, Dick Vitale at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club

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Nancy Lieberman Charities has teamed up with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to present a new Dream Court to the community in Honor of Basketball Hall of Famer, Dick Vitale. The outdoor basketball court, located at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, will provide a safe place for youth to play basketball, build positive relationships, and much more.

“This is such a great day, to sit here amongst two legends and also amongst, future legends,” said City of Sarasota Commissioner, Kyle Battie.

After a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, a basketball clinic was held for members of the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club.

“I was honored and proud to be the recipient of the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award presented to me by Nancy Lieberman Charities. This award provided me with the opportunity to select a youth group that would benefit by having a regulation-size basketball court in my name built for them.  My selection was the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties and with the help of Lee Wetherington, we were able to make this a reality. A big THANK YOU goes to Nancy Lieberman who has done wonders for so many young people with her Nancy Lieberman Charities events and programs.” said Basketball Hall of Famer

The Dream Court is a supersized high school regulation size, 64-by-94 feet, and includes two new basketball goals. It features a high-performance PowerGame surface from Sport Court in red and black, with the Dream Court logo as its centerpiece.

Two-time Basketball Hall of Famer and longtime friend of Dick, Nancy Lieberman said, “I couldn’t be happier for us at Nancy Lieberman Charities to open the Dick Vitale Dream Court. No one deserves to be attached to youth and basketball like Dickie V. His love and enthusiasm has transcended basketball for decades. We love him and Lorraine and are proud to partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties.”

“Amazing things are happening here and we couldn’t do it without the support of people like Dick & Lorraine Vitale and Nancy Lieberman. I want to say a great big thank you to them and also, to all of you, for keeping the dream alive because these things we are doing now were just a dream a few short years ago and now they are no longer a dream, they are a reality,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties President/CEO, Bill Sadlo.

Nancy Lieberman Charities has donated over 125 Dream Courts throughout the U.S., to make basketball more accessible to children and provide a safe environment for them to play. Dream Courts serve over five and a half million youth each year.


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