CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new basketball and tennis court for children and teens was unveiled Saturday on the South Side as part of the festivities ahead of Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game at the United Center.
The Dream Court in the Ada Park fieldhouse in Roseland is named in honor of retired NBA Star Quentin Richardson, who grew up on the South Side and was there to cut the red tape and open the combination court to the public.
Richardson has been outspoken about growing up in Chicago and his brother, who was killed in 2005 during an attempted robbery at the family's old house. Although he now lives in Florida, 39-year-old Richardson visits Chicago frequently and makes a point to see his old house.
In a 2018 video by the Players Tribune, Richardson said it's "crazy" to come home to see how the city and his neighborhood has changed.
"The city has changed so much, and it's changed in a good way," he said.
Now, the Dream Court is spreading that positive change to the next generation.
"I am just trying to do my part and put something here in a positive way to give kids a positive outlook to go to things and have fun and be safe," he said of the new court.
Groups of children, families and coaches celebrated the Dream Court opening with a ribbon cutting, cheers and lots of play time.
Despite a stellar 13-year NBA career, Richardson said nothing makes him prouder than to have such a facility open in his old community and named after him.