Nancy Lieberman shares love of basketball

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 8:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 8 at 4:12 PM

FRISCO — For 31 years, Hall of Fame basketball player Nancy Lieberman has been conducting a summer basketball camp for kids.

"There is never negative stuff that we teach," she explained. "We teach everything like 'Each one, teach one. If I’m a better me, then we'll be a better we.'"

Annette Scoggin traveled from Fayetteville, Arkansas to help coach at Lieberman's camp. It's a journey she first made 23 years ago.

"She came from an area where someone had to help her, and I want to work for people like that," Scoggin said.

Lieberman is accustomed to helping. She helped out in the aftermath of the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, and at the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

Earlier this month, she returned to her home town of Far Rockaway, New York, where she's setting up a basketball "DreamCourt" in nearby Long Beach.

"The Nancy Lieberman Foundation, we build 'DreamCourts,' because it was always my dream to be on a court," Lieberman said.

Lieberman's foundation has already set up five of these courts across the nation, including one in Frisco. Next up, she's helping establish one in the hurricane-ravaged town of Long Beach, New York, that's next to her home town of Far Rockaway.

"My home town, the beach is gone," she said.

Lieberman has joined forces with actor and entertainer Billy Crystal. Together they will bring basketball back to the beach. After all, that's where she developed her skills to become "Lady Magic."

"It was safe, there was accountability, responsibility, there was no judgment," she said. "You could be white, black, Christian, Jewish, Asian, old, young... it was a melting pot for people, and my dream was to be on a court, as I am right now."

It’s a dream shared by the kids attending her camp in Frisco.

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