By Brenda L. Holmes
DANVILLE — The WorldVentures Foundation teamed up with Nancy Lieberman to bring a new Dream Court to Sheltering Wings – with a little assist from “American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks.
Sparks had visited Sheltering Wings, a domestic violence shelter, during the 2012 Super Bowl activities. She shared her experience with Nancy Lieberman, former WNBA player and coach.
“Jordin noticed we didn’t have a basketball court,” said April Bordeau, interim director of Sheltering Wings. “We actually have more children living here than we do women.”
She said the new Dream Court will be greatly appreciated by the children of the shelter.
Lieberman made the trip to help dedicate the new Dream Court into service.
“I have a lot of deep roots here in Indianapolis,” she said. “I’ve worked on the Big 10 tourney here in Indy and happen to know a player on the World Champion Fever team named Tamika Catchings.”
“I’ve also known Lin Dunn (Fever head coach) for about 25 years,” Lieberman said. “Our lives are full of opportunities and this one was made possible by the WorldVentures Foundation. I believe it takes a village to raise a child just like it takes many people to run a place like this.”
She said as a child she saw her father abuse her mother and was lucky to find a mentor like Muhammad Ali.
“I met the great Muhammad Ali, my hero, when I was 19,” Lieberman said. “He taught me to be fearless in the face of adversity.”
Lieberman is a motivational speaker, author, and the first female coach of a men’s team under the NBA umbrella. She is currently the assistant general manager for the Texas Legends, an NBA Development League team and official minor league affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks. She also started the Nancy Lieberman Foundation.
Lieberman met Sparks a few years ago and they hit it off.
“Our hearts just match,” she said. “We are like sisters. Her visit here during the Super Bowl made an impact on her and she talked to me about that.”
Lieberman’s foundation was already working with WorldVentures to bring Dream Courts to deserving organizations around the country.
“Jordin really wanted to be here today but she is in Europe,” Lieberman said. “She did send us a video message.”
In the video, Sparks reflected on her visit to Sheltering Wings and getting to know the staff and residents.
“You were so warm and welcoming,” Sparks said. “I am so excited about the new Dream Court. I think it’s going to be absolutely incredible for you guys.”
Lieberman said she is very proud to be a part of the project and hopes the court will bring many benefits to the children of the shelter.
“You know playing basketball brings happiness, responsibility, reliability, and trust,” she said. “I’m so happy to be here and to be a part of this.”
Lori Streiff of the WorldVentures Foundation said the project could not have been possible without WorldVentures, a large travel company with more than 120,000 representatives.
“The foundation is happy to be able to help,” Streiff said. “You do good stuff here.”