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When I play basketball – which is a lot – I want to be as competitive as I can be.  I know that getting involved in drugs and alcohol will take my edge off.  And I need that edge on the court.

– Sterling Carter

 

I love playing basketball.  I would stay on the court and play all night if the lights stayed on.

– Anonymous player

 

Pickup the Ball lets us as players know that we have a place in the community, and that our lives are worth investing in.  The programs bring us thoughts and ideas we might not otherwise hear.

– Mike Jackson

 

Playing pickup is a way for me to do what I love and stay connected with my friends.  We are closer on the court than off, and that gives us opportunity to get to know each other better.

– Mason Carter

Everyone has a hobby, and mine happens to be basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends too but basketball has a special place in my heart. Pickup basketball is an incredible way to get better as a player, however it can also make you an extraordinary person. By working hard to be the best I can be on the court, I use the lesson of hard work in everything I do. That is why this organization is so great. It focuses on the game of basketball, but also targets some important aspects of life. Hard work, dedication, discipline and competition.

– Hugo Medeiros