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Pickup Vision Award Presented to “Basketball Cop”

"Basketball Cop" Bobby White became famous when he was called out to a noise disturbance in Gainesville, FL, only to find out that the noise was kids playing basketball in the street.  Instead of clearing the kids away, he joined them and, when he left, promised to come back with ...

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School Sucks. Keep Trying.

For some reason, I know that the Battle of Hastings was in 1066 A.D.  Why that particular piece of arcana has remained with me since high school I have no idea.  Like a lot of the things I learned in high school, it has not added to my life one ...

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The Mentor Time Matrix

Making the most of your limited time with your son or mentee. Growing up, I didn’t realize how lucky I was.  I grew up with a mom and dad who lived in the same house.  Even way back then, some of my friends came from broken homes, but today, especially in ...

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Donation Caps Off Dinner with LCSO

Pickup the Ball Teammates were looking forward to a fun evening of mentoring and dinner at Jing Du Japanese Buffet in Fort Myers, but weren't expecting what happened after they started eating. The dinner, sponsored by Sheriff Mike Scott, was attended by five sheriffs, each sitting and talking to 3 or 4 ...

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Pickup the Ball in the News

Pickup the Ball was featured in the News-Press Newsmakers section today, featuring a Q&A with Ted Sottong. Click here to see a pdf of the story.  

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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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Tournament with Law Enforcement Becomes Community-Wide Event

What first was discussed as a friendly game between Pickup the Ball and the Lee County Sheriff's Office has become a community-wide event.  Tomorrow - Saturday, October 3rd, 2015, will be the First annual Pickup the Ball vs. Law Enforcement Tournament. The amount of time the LCSO has put into this ...

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Tournament Promoted by Sheriff

The upcoming Pickup the Ball vs. Law Enforcement tournament was promoted this morning on WINK News.  The tournament, a double elimination tournament between two teams from Pickup the Ball and two teams from law enforcement, will be held at the Stars Complex. https://youtu.be/a75vKjc0QiM  

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Make a Big Impact With a Small Sponsorships

In the world I came from, my charitable money was always welcome - but if I wanted to be recognized as a sponsor, I had to cough up the big money. Not the case at Pickup the Ball. You can have a big impact on the daily lives of our Teammates at ...

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