TERRELL, Texas — North Texas native and Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx has gifted his hometown with a new basketball court, according to the City of Terrell.
Foxx, who was born and raised in Terrell, helped bring the basketball court to Breezy Hill Park, which is south of Southwestern Christian College.
The red-colored court has Jamie Foxx written at center court and "Foxx Hole: Believe & Achieve" above that.
"Terrell Fighting Tigers" is written near the sideline as well as "Gilbert Willie Charities."
Foxx has said on social media in the past that Gilbert Willie is a close friend of his. Willie's father, Gilbert Willie Sr., worked as a coach, teacher, principal and assistant superintendent in Terrell ISD for more than 30 years. He passed away in 2013.
In 2017, Terrell ISD renamed John F. Kennedy Elementary School to Gilbert Willie Sr. Elementary School.
In the Facebook post about the new court, the city of Terrell wrote:
"Look what’s new at Breezy Hill Park! Let’s play ball! A shout out to Jamie Foxx and Gilbert Willie Charities for making this awesome court possible!"
"Update from the family: Sad to see how the media runs wild," Jamie Foxx's daughter, Corrinne Foxx, said in May. "My Dad has been out of the hospital for weeks, recuperating. In fact, he was playing pickleball yesterday! Thanks for everyone's prayers and support!"
That message was the first public statement or comment from Foxx since his hospitalization.
Another celebrity known for helping build basketball courts is Hall of Famer and basketball legend Nancy Lieberman.
Nancy Lieberman Charities has donated over 100 Dream Courts throughout the U.S., and in March, Lieberman most recently help build one at Dr. Frederick Douglass Todd Sr. Middle School in Oak Cliff.