Durant scores new basketball court for kids and cops

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- A former basketball star is helping kids in Durant dream big.

It's called the "Dream Court," a place for kids and cops to come together, be active and shoot hoops.

It's all thanks to the idea of Basketball Hall of Famer and current Sacramento Kings assistant coach Nancy Lieberman.

"I'm planning on getting a college degree to be a NBA superstar and join the Golden State Warriors," Dillon Godfrey said.

It's dreams like 11-year-old Dillon Godfrey's that inspire former basketball star Nancy Lieberman.

"I play basketball for my school and outside," Godfrey said.

Because her story began just about the same way.

"We all have to start somewhere, I got my start on a court, so it changed my life," Lieberman said.

Her idea to build "Dream Courts" started after the Dallas police shootings in July of 2016. The goal is to build a sense of community between law enforcement and the people they serve, especially kids

"How to win, how to lose, how to accept each other and that's what sports does and we want to be the catalyst for change," Lieberman said.

It took off from there. With the help of Lieberman's charity, as well as Sport Court, First United Bank and Dream Team Women's Networking Group, Durant now has the 60th court in the country.

"We're playing knockout and we're playing a game," 10-year-old Hayden Roberts said.

"It's kind of easy to shoot a three," 10-year-old Eric Williams said.

"Look at the smiles on the kids faces, they're shooting free throws, their interacting with Nancy Lieberman over there," Chief David Houser said.

Durant Police Chief David Houser said this court is a chance for his officers to build trust.

"For our youth to know, that if they need anything, they don't have to be afraid of the police, just come up to us, ask," Houser said.

A message that is already sticking for these kids.

"They're really nice, they help us," Roberts said.

The new Dream Court will be located at the Carl Albert Memorial Park, just down the street from the Durant Police Department.

It's a place to score big and dream big.

'We want them to see it, say it, to be it," Lieberman said.

The police officers said they plan to be down at the court as much as they can. It's open to anyone in the public but Lieberman did leave the kids with a charge: take care of the court and always treat each other with respect.