An Altus man hopes to bring the local community together during a time when the community has weathered drought conditions, and as of late, numerous shooting incidents. Dan Goodson, III., is working to bring a new basketball court to Altus for everyone to play on.
“Its something that’s going to bring the community together, and help get everyone’s minds off the shootings and violence, and the drought,” Goodson said in an interview. “I feel like a community project will create some positive attention in light of recent negativity.”
Goodson, an avid basketball fan, is currently working on a proposal for the Thunder Care Foundation to build an Oklahoma City Thunder basketball court. If selected it would be at no charge to the community. Goodson said that he is also working with Loran Mayes, leader of the Thunder fan club, Blue Alliance Altus Chapter, on drafting the proposal.
On July 15, Goodson addressed the Altus City Council during their regular meeting to seek support for the project through a letter of approval from the Altus Mayor, per Thunder Care Foundation’s requirements. Goodson informed the Council that there is no out of pocket expense to the City, and that the foundation looks to help communities based on need and interest. Councilman Michael Beason asked that a related item be placed on the next meeting’s agenda for further discussion and consideration.
As far as a location, Goodson thinks there is no better place than the Hoyt Shadid Park.
“It’s near the Altus City Reservoir and is one of the most visited parks,” Goodson said. “There are more things for kids to do, and it’s a nice shaded area.” Although there is already a basketball court there, it doesn’t get used because it is “rundown,” he explained.
If selected, the Thunder Care Foundation would build an OKC Thunder court with new nets and replace the old concrete court with an outdoor basketball court turf.
“This idea would be perfect and kids would want to play on it,” he said.
The foundation typically selects a town or city based on community need, damages related to bad weather like a tornado, community interest, and hardships as well. As there have been at least eight reported shooting related incidents in the Altus area in less than one month, Goodson believes that Altus is going through such a hardship.
“We’ve got to make it a positive community for the kids for sure,” Goodson said.
If selected, Thunder Care Foundation and NBA Thunder Basketball players would unveil a new basketball court by holding an opening ceremony for everyone to attend.
“I think this would really help boost everyone’s spirits.”