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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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Pickup the Ball the Selected as Topic for Student’s Class

Hugo Medeiros of Pawtucket, Rhode Island followed his passion for basketball to help him complete an assignment for his Intro to the Non Profit World class.  He discovered Pickup the Ball, and interviewed us for an assignment.  It was a pleasure working with this young man, and he followed up ...

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Dwayne Jackson – Basketball’s Influence on His Life

Check out this great video of Dwayne Jackson talking about how basketball influenced his youth, how it continues to change his life, and how he wants to change lives going forward!  Dwayne mentions Pickup the Ball in this interview! Click the image below - it will take you to the YouTube ...

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Basketball More than a Game

If you want to know what basketball is, go to Wikipedia.  If you want to know what it means - to Joseph from Blasdell, NY, and countless other players - check out this essay written back in 2010.  It does a great job of explaining why basketball is not just ...

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Powerful Prose about the Power of Pickup

Follow this link to a great, short essay about the power of pickup basketball, brought to you by Adam from Danbury, Connecticut back in 2005.  Follow this link to read it on ThisIBelieve.org.

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Dedrick King Douglas: Pickup Player, Poet

“Pick up” By: Dedrick King Douglas Back when I was a boy I had a friend named Mark. We hung out after school We played ball in the park.   Mark and I made a pact To always play on the same team. We’ve always stuck together Like Magic Johnson and Kareem.   But they’d only pick you if you were fast And ...

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