Dallas police dedicate Oak Cliff basketball courts on ambush anniversary

Dallas police teamed up with a Basketball Hall of Famer to make a difference in the community on the first anniversary of the ambush shootings in downtown.

Current Sacramento Kings Assistant Coach Nancy Lieberman has helped design the "Dream Court" program, designed to help kids who might otherwise not have access to top-notch facilities. There are dozens of Dream Courts across the country, but none were more meaningful than the ones that opened Friday in Oak Cliff.

Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown was one of the speakers at the opening, a year after he helped lead his city through tragedy.

"I woke up this morning very emotional for some reason," Brown said. "I'm usually pretty calm and collected but this anniversary has bubbled up some emotions that I really didn't anticipate,"

Lieberman's charitable foundation calls the program the Kids and Cops Initiative. Officers have embraced it.

"This program, they've just attached themselves to it because they want to be a part of building those relationships with the community," Lieberman said.

Dallas Police Lieutenant Sally Lannom leads the department's youth outreach unit. Like many others, her emotions were high on a date that carries so much extra significance.

"It's one year and one year is obviously the hardest day, except for the day that it happened," Lannom said. "But some good has come out of this and good will continue to come out of this."

Lieberman hopes the courts serve as a bridge between the community and those who help serve it.

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