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Connecting Communities: Neiman’s Elephant

Two months after the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, I traveled there with a local Haitian pastor to see the damage and bring back opportunities to help. During that week, I got to know the pastor’s brother who lived in Haiti, and in the evenings we would talk, because there ...

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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 Sponsors Basketball Tournament in Haiti

For the second year in a row, Pickup the Ball has teamed with Haiti Bible Mission to bring the biggest tournament of the year to Jérémie, Haiti.  Our logo is featured prominently at the court, reminding the people of Jérémie of our strong bond. In 2014, the Tournament was held in ...

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Media Training Opportunity Embraced

David Phipps of Elite Broadcasting Network met with Teammates at the Crossover Youth Center to discuss opportunities in the field of broadcasting for athletic events.  Teammates got to experience interviewing and being interviewed, and saw other aspects of what goes into broadcasting a game.  These Teammates will get the opportunity to ...

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News-Press Reports on Police Forum

The News-Press reported on the event jointly sponsored by the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Pickup the Ball.  Thanks to the News-Press for an excellent story!  See the story online, or in a pdf format.

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Open Forum with Sheriff’s Department Helps Bridge Gaps

Pickup the Ball Teammates and other participants attended the second visit with the Lee County Sheriff's Office tonight, an open forum designed to increase understanding between young men in the Fort Myers area and the police.  Participants enjoyed pizza and some opening words from Sheriff Mike Scott before diving into ...

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Pickup the Ball Teammates, Think Twice about Visible Tattoos

So you got a little spending cash and you think it’s time to get that tattoo you’ve been wanting. Before you jump into it, I just want to share some facts with you. Like it or not, tattoos are still not completely accepted in the working world. According to a Salary.com ...

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Sherwood Brown Knows the Reasons for His Successes

by Ted Sottong, Pickup the Ball, Inc. Sherwood Brown, in spite of the uncharacteristic pressed shirt and tie, was relaxed and conversant when he sat down with Pickup the Ball at the Orlando Country Club recently for a discussion about his childhood, family, basketball, and his future. Brown was candid and ...

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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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FCA Addresses Local Leaders

Pickup the Ball sponsored a luncheon today, at the offices of Studio+ in Fort Myers, to increase awareness of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a national organization that provides mentorship to young athletes through the schools and sports teams.  Local for profit and not-for-profit organizations were represented, including other community ...

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