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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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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 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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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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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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