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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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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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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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QLC Gets Vital Funding From City – Magic Johnson Fundraiser Integral to Success

The Quality Life Center, a community support organization in the City of Fort Myers faced a serious crisis -  the bank that held their mortgage was nearly forced to foreclose in the face of the QLC's inability to both overcome their mortgage debt and continue to provide vital services to the ...

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Dwayne Jackson, PUTB Make News

Featured on the front page of the Fort Myers News-Press this morning, Pickup the Ball Board Member Dwayne Jackson's story of his route to Haiti is described.  It was Pickup the Ball's project in Haiti that introduced Dwayne to the possibility of training kids in Haiti.  It will be amazing ...

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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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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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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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Pickup the Ball Featured in the News, Atilus Blog

Pickup the Ball appeared in the News-Press this morning, thanks to internet marketing and web development firm, Atilus who not only designed and developed this web site, but issued a press release about it.  We appreciate the opportunity presented by the News-Press mention of our organization. After the article came out, ...

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Why Pickup Basketball?

You may wonder why there would be an organization centered on pickup basketball.  I mean, what about organizations feeding the hungry or taking care of orphans?  What about all those diseases we need to get rid of?  All the abuse of people and animals in this world? I agree!  Those organizations ...

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