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Teammates Featured in Gulfshore Life

In this Gulfshore Life Article, Jennifer Reed offers a "dispatch" - an interim report on a longer investigation she is conducting for Gulfshore Life to be better able to describe what it is like being a teenager today in the East Fort Myers/Dunbar/Tice area of Fort Myers.  Jennifer has spent ...

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Tournament with Law Enforcement a Success

The First Annual Pickup the Ball vs. Law Enforcement Basketball Tournament was a big success, bringing together The Lee County Sheriff's Office, Fort Myers Police Department, and Pickup the Ball Teammates for a full day of games showing the community that good relationships between the community and law enforcement can be built. The ...

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Pickup Changed the Course of Teammate’s Life

Five miles from the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, on the southern shore of the Dominican Republic, Anthony Linarez was born to a mother who made sure he never missed a meal, and a father he wouldn't meet until 14 years later. San Cristobal, a city a little smaller ...

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New Hoops for Pine Manor

On July 4th, Pickup the Ball was on site at Pine Manor in Fort Myers to assemble two new basketball standards.  Pine Manor, an economically challenged community south of the City of Fort Myers, has been the recipient of assistance from the Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunrise, an organization ...

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New Hoops for Pine Manor

Pickup the Ball has partnered with the Rotary Club of Fort Myers Sunrise to address a need recently identified: two basketball hoops outside the community center at Pine Manor, an underserved community in Lee County, were in bad shape.  They were in such bad shape that it is unclear how ...

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Case Study: Basketball Upgrades at Pickup Court in Haiti

In the summer of 2012, I went on a mission trip to Haiti Bible Mission with a group with Summit Church.  While there, I met another visitor to the mission, Mike Wheeler.  In the course of a conversation, Mike told me that there was a basketball court in the town of ...

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