Huge turnout for Carter’s Court

MARSHALL (KMHL) – There was a huge turnout yesterday at Independence Park for the unveiling of Carter’s Court.

Marshall won a vote of southern Minnesota communities in need of an upgraded outdoor basketball court from the Minnesota Timberwolves and US Bank. In addition, Carter Strong also contributed money for the project.

Wade Boerboom, Carter’s father, said the grant from the Timberwolves and U.S. Bank really helped to push the court’s timeline forward.

“A project like this takes a lot of money,” said Boerboom. “We had a little seed money and we had the idea and we had the community behind doing something like this. But then when Preston [Stensrud] came to us with the opportunity to try and do something and partner with the Timberwolves it got it done a lot sooner.”

Boerboom gave a lot of credit to the community for making it happen.

“Marshall’s like a big family,” said Boerboom. “The community did so much when Carter passed away, I think every business in town had a Carter Strong sign, just to let you know they were thinking about you, and all the friends and neighbors that came out, and here they all are again.”

He said the court wouldn’t have happened now without people going to the website to vote.

There’s a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on the court, and kids had a chance to participate in a basketball clinic with former Timberwolves player and coach Greg Steensma.