Second basketball court ribbon cutting in partnership with Nancy Lieberman Charities and Pepsi Stronger Together
NORFOLK, VA – The City of Norfolk’s Parks & Recreation Department, in partnership with Nancy Lieberman Charities and Pepsi Stronger Together, will open a Dream Court™ at the East Ocean View Recreation Center, 9520 20th Bay Street, on Friday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m.
A City basketball court is now transformed into a Dream Court through the generous donations of PepsiCo and its Pepsi Stronger Together initiative. This is the second Dream Court installation completed in Norfolk in partnership with Nancy Lieberman Charities. The Dream Court is high school regulation size, 50 feet by 84 feet, with two new basketball goals. It features a high-performance PowerGame surface from Sport Court, Nancy Lieberman Charities’ national partner.
“Investing in our community’s recreational facilities is critically important to the City of Norfolk because we recognize how much these amenities can improve our residents’ everyday quality of life,” said Norfolk Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. “The Dream Court partnership encompasses the greatness of Norfolk’s past, present and future through the combination of a local sporting legend in Nancy Lieberman; the valued support of our business community, including PepsiCo and Sport Court; and most importantly, a brighter future for so many Norfolk children who will get to play and exercise on this wonderful court in the Ocean View area. My thanks to all who played a part in making this dream a reality.”
Since the inception of the Dream Court program in 2010, more than 100 courts have been installed across the United States to make the sport more accessible to children while providing an environment for kids to play.
“In life you want to team up with people who have the same core values to help others. Pepsi Stronger Together does this every day and they have chosen to team up with me to make a difference in the lives of current Lady Monarch basketball players with a $25,000 women’s athletic scholarship and for youth in the East Ocean View community to have a safe and beautiful court to play on for generations to come. I want to thank Derek Lewis and the Pepsi Stronger Together family," said Nancy Lieberman, Basketball Hall of Famer.
"Pepsi Stronger Together and Nancy Lieberman Charities have a shared mission in using our platforms to drive positive change across communities, starting at a local level," said Derek Lewis, President, PepsiCo Multicultural. "This partnership is another way we hope to create access to sport, and the benefits and opportunities it provides, for even more youth in the Norfolk community.”
In addition to this dedication, there will be a Nancy Lieberman Statue and Street Renaming Unveiling on the campus of Old Dominion University outside the Mitchum Performance Center on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m. Lieberman is a Basketball Hall of Famer and Old Dominion University alumna, winning two back-to-back championships with the Lady Monarchs in 1979 and 1980.
Both events are open to the public. For more information, visit Norfolk.gov/play.
About Nancy Lieberman Charities Nancy Lieberman Charities was established in 2009 with the mission to provide a healthy physical, emotional and mental environment for young girls and boys to build their self-esteem and confidence so they will be able to make the right choices in the future. Nancy Lieberman is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for youth through her basketball camps and clinics, Dream Court projects, college scholarships, backpack and laptop programs. Find us online at nancyliebermancharities.org, on Facebook at @NancyLiebermanCharities, on Twitter @NLCharities and on Instagram at @NLCharities.
About Pepsi Stronger Together Pepsi Stronger Together (PST) is a national initiative to empower and engage communities around the country by providing tailored programming and resources that bring people together. It was conceived with the idea that now, more than ever, we must foster a sense of connection and belonging, starting by investing locally. Launched in May of 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – PST engaged its network of partners in the South to shine a spotlight on essential front-line workers in a variety of industries. Since then, PST has expanded its reach and impact through a variety of partnerships and initiatives, including partnerships with NBA teams, community leaders, and environmental and charitable organizations.
Driven by the PepsiCo positive (pep+) vision to catalyze positive change for people and the planet, Pepsi Stronger Together is continually evolving to respond to the cultural moment and meet the needs of communities across the United States. Stay up to date and learn how to engage at www.pepsistrongertogether.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @pepsistrongertogether.
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