R&B Superstar Bryson Tiller Donates Basketball Courts in Louisville

06/08/2017 05:22 PM

It’s possible here.

That was the message being spread in Wyandotte Park yesterday in South Louisville with Louisville-native and R&B star Bryson Tiller decided to give back to his hometown by donating new basketball courts in his old neighborhood and hosting a Nike camp to go along with it.

“I’m not going to lie man, the last time I was here, you know, every time I come to Louisville I just drive past on Taylor Boulevard and I used to just see this court and be like ‘yo, man that court, that looks terrible. I’m just trying to do something to that court’, you know what i’m saying? So I never thought this day would come,” Tiller told the crowd. “I’m happy that it’s finally here. I’m surprised so many people came out here to show love, you know what I mean? Everybody is playing basketball, this is what I love. Everybody has got the shirts on. It’s possible in Louisville, Kentucky and I just want to tell y’all, like I said, I said on Instagram recently, I was just telling everybody that everybody used to tell me that ‘you can’t make it out of Louisville, Kentucky’. Like you got to somewhere else, you got to go here, you got to go there- and I disagree. You know, because I made it out of this city, you know what I mean? So if anybody on this court right now got a dream, you know what I mean? You believe in yourself and you can do it. You can do this too.”

Tiller’s goal was to impact the youth of Louisville through the game of basketball. In conjunction with Louisville Parks and Recreation, Mayor Greg Fischer and Nike, they dedicated the new 502 courts.

“If we’re not here to make the world a better place, we’re wasting our time. Muhammad Ali taught us that. Bryson is teaching us that as well,” Mayor Fischer told the crowd.

Between the dedication and Nike clinics, they had a wheelchair basketball game to encourage inclusiveness. In a city that saw it’s highest homicide rate in fifty years in 2016, everyone was glad to see Louisville come together for the event.

“It’s a good opportunity for all the kids to get out here and stay away from all the trouble and obviously give them, like I said about Tiller, it’s the same thing here- giving them a little bit of hope and keeping them out of trouble. Basketball can do that for them,” said former UofL basketball player and south south Louisville-native, Terrance Farley.

The kids were left feeling excited and inspired.

Tremel Johnson, who lives in the neighborhood said he and his friends couldn’t wait to spend their summer out there.

Students that attend Tiller’s alma mater, Iroquois High, felt it too.

“Believe your dreams and never give up no matter what. And don’t give up,” Keoshia McKenney said.

The adults weren’t immune to the fun and excitement either.

“It was a great feeling to be able to mix it up with them. Laugh with them, play with them, because that’s what I am. I’m a big kid as well in my heart and you know, it was fun. Definitely fun,” Farley told Spectrum News.

“Thank you to the city of Louisville. Thank you Mayor Greg, I love y’all. Peace,” Tiller finished.

Wyandotte Park is located at 1104 Beecher Street in Louisville.

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