HERNANDO, Florida – A native of Citrus County gives back to his community.
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- Opening of the refurbished basketball court at Alexander Park
- Dr Devonte White, from Hernando, helped raise funds for the court
- White wanted to give people a place to just have fun
- An opening ceremony took place on Saturday
Dr. Devonte White grew up playing basketball in Alexander Park.
“It’s something I’ve loved to do since I was a kid,” White said. “Running on the courts, regardless of the condition of the courts or the appearance of the basketball goals, it was great, it was solidarity in the community.
With the help of the County Board of Trustees, White was able to bring this unit back and give the kids today a place to go and stay on the streets.
“This is a very special time, I think, for the community and for Citrus County as a whole,” said BOCC President Brian Coleman. “I’ll tell you that when I first heard of Devonte and contacted the County Commissioners Council about this idea to do so, I had their full support.
It was as if the whole neighborhood, including some from out of town, had also come to show their support for the little kid who had grown up and wanted to give back to his community and a little basketball game.
White said his vision for the basketball court is to give kids and basketball fans a place to come and just have fun. He said it was important to him especially at the moment.
“There is so much madness in the world right now and it helps,” he says. “The basketball does not discriminate no matter what color you are, no matter what gender, kids just want to put it in the basketball hoop and that’s the main reason.”
Alexander Park will now be a venue for friendly competitions and White said it will also be a safe haven for the family who may not be able to afford to have their child attend a summer basketball camp. He added that he was grateful for the grants, donations and the Parks and Recreation Department for the ability to fund this project.