LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Legacy Courts in Lafayette is now operating with four new local owners. And this is the first time its team of leaders has looked this diverse.
This facility has been a staple place for young athletes to practice sports in this community for almost 15 years. And now managing partners Donte Wilburn, David Sharp, Minshen Ho, and Dustin Harvey have plans to make it even better than before.
"The owners that were before me, they laid a great foundation as Legacy Courts is a staple in the community and our plan is just to simply build on that foundation that they laid and make greatness," said Wilburn.
Each of these managing partners is bringing their unique skills to the table.
Wilburn is coming into this new ownership already as a business owner in the community. He operates Premier Auto Detailing shop in Lafayette. He has been bringing his kids to Legacy Courts for years, so when this opportunity to purchase came up he said it was a no-brainer to take part.
"Dustin Harvey and Minshen Ho, they were working here and they found out it was going to be sold and they just approached me and said hey would you like to buy-in," said Wilburn.
The purchasing process took eight months to finalize with Sharp being the last of them to buy into the building. Sharp is the "finance guy" in the group as he's worked in banking for more than 15 years in this community. He also has three kids who spent many years in the basketball programs at Legacy Courts.
"I feel like the vision that we have is all similar," said Sharp. "You know, we're wanting to do it, we're wanting to grow programs for the kids in this community."
He said some programs include adding more gym space to open up more programming for kids, being more inclusive to kids with disabilities, and even offering after-school tutoring for young athletes.
Coach Ho will be the lead coach for basketball at the facility. He has worked as a teacher and basketball coach in Tippecanoe County for more than a decade.
"I've always loved basketball ever since I moved to the states when I was about nine years old," said Ho. "Being an immigrant from Taiwan to come to the U.S. and have an opportunity to own something like this is just an incredible feeling."
Wilburn said one particularly exciting part of this ownership is the fact that this $3 million business is half minority-owned.
"As a minority, I really never thought it would come a day where I can own a multi-million dollar facility," said Wilburn. "So I cannot be more thrilled."
Each owner has something different driving them to want to become owners of Legacy Courts. Harvey, who the managing partners refer to as "the brains" of the facility, is excited to be meeting his goal of becoming his own boss. He's worked at the Legacy Courts for several years.
"I've always been helping another person reach their goal, so now I've got my own goals," said Harvey.
But Harvey and the others say their main motivator in this purchase are the kids and what this facility will provide them.
"Looking forward to helping more and being able to outreach to the youth and help to get them to achieve their goals," said Harvey.
The owners just kicked off their first project. It's called Legacy Jam Developmental League, which is a basketball training program for students in third grade up to seniors in high school. The owners will be splitting the league into four divisions of Third and Fourth graders, Fifth and Sixth graders, Seventh and Eighth graders, and Ninth through 12th graders.
The launch of this new program kicks off on Friday, Aug. 13. The owners will be giving away two free tickets to the Space Jam, A New Legacy movie to a winning family who signs up. You can register for the league here. The chance to win those free movie tickets ends on Friday, Jul. 30.