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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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Pickup the Ball Celebrated at Court in Block Loj

In the zone of Jeremie, Haiti known as Block Loj, where a tournament sponsored by Pickup the Ball was held this past weekend, the players painted the Pickup the Ball logo on the court.  Pickup the Ball is excited to have their logo featured so prominently where the Haitians of ...

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FGCU Soccer Donates Shoes for Haiti

Soccer Coach Bob Butehorn contacted Pickup the Ball last week to come get over 20 pairs of shoes of all sizes to send to Haiti.  These shoes will go to kids and adults who not only walk around all day with no shoes, but play soccer with no shoes. Coach Butehorn, ...

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First of FGCU Gear in Haiti

The first shipment of the FGCU clothes was sent to Haiti with Dwayne Jackson, who was recently featured in the News Press (see  blog post).  This shipment was the practice jerseys and shorts given to Pickup the Ball to deliver in Haiti.  This shipment coincided with a city-wide tournament led ...

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Pickup the Ball Featured on Mission’s Motos

Haiti Bible Mission, in Jeremie, Haiti, are our partners.  The mission has a director, Mark Stocklande, and a staff of Haitian guys who take care of the grounds, provide security, lead projects, and minister to other Haitians.  They are amazing guys, they are loyal....and they get around mostly by moto.  ...

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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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FGCU Athletics Donates Shirts and Shorts to Haiti

FGCU has generously donated over 600 items of clothing for Pickup the Ball to take to Haiti.  Included are jerseys and shorts which will be able to be used for the players using the recently renovated basketball court (see story here).  Shirts and short of all sizes will give adults ...

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