Basketball Cop Foundation
Our goal is to create inexpensive, repeatable ways for the police to build a relationship with their community through the simple connections built on a local basketball court. Because of a connection I made with Tyree through playing basketball together, he now texts me regularly, and I got to help him learn how to drive!
My hope, and the Basketball Cop Foundation’s mission, is that more police and kids will be able to build a relationship like this. Our Hoops Across America initiative is the main way we give police agencies an opportunity to establish these relationships. We’ve started out in Gainesville, FL, where I’m an active duty officer. In our town, the foundation has donated countless basketball hoops locally and has built three outdoor basketball courts. These courts give kids a safe place to play with each other and also with local police!
These simple, inexpensive initiatives create opportunities for cultivating off-duty relationships between police officers and those in their community.
Within the last year, the foundation has supplied over 30 basketball hoops and 100s of basketballs to 28 different police agencies across the country. The recipient agency then creates an event which connects their local kids with the officers in a game of basketball. The agency then donates the basketball goal and the balls to the community. There are over 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the USA. The only thing preventing us from reaching them all is funding.
I run this foundation as a second (non-paying) job, and hope to grow it as much as possible! Here’s how I hope to see the Basketball Cop Foundation evolve:
As communities get connected with their local officers, extra side projects can develop for even more impact. For instance, in Gainesville, we initiated a backpack drive. When an officer was chatting with a family involved in a minor car accident, it came up that the children didn’t yet have their school supplies for the upcoming school year. Our officer was able to pull two backpacks out of his car right then and there. That’s powerful.
During the holiday season, I challenged my fellow officers to identify kids in the community who may go with little or no gifts for Christmas. They made lists, we collected donations for gifts, and the officers played Santa for a day.
As we get more funding, we’ll be able to expand the Hoops Across America program to more cities. I hope to see a ‘Basketball Cop’ in every city as soon as possible. Do you know someone who could fill this role in your police department? I encourage you to challenge them to step up and try out taking ownership of a Basketball Cop project.
The future of the Basketball Cop Foundation relies 100% on YOUR donations. Because of our hard work thus far, we have gotten amazing opportunities to partner with the NBA and other great organizations, but we are completely funded by community crowdfunding. EVERY donation counts, regardless of amount. Check out our wish list for some estimated costs of our initiatives to see how you can make an impact!
To learn more about the foundation, please visit our webpage at www.basketballcop.net or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/basketballcop
You can also reach me by email at email@example.com or by phone at 352-870-8608 with any questions.
Thanks - Officer Bobby "Basketball Cop" White
Nampa ID PD
Lake City FL PD
Pima County AZ Sheriff's Office
On June 9th, 2018, in partnership with Duval Asphalt and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the BCF cut the ribbon on it's 4th community basketball court. This one is at the Celebration Church Dream Center in Jacksonville FL. This court replaced a 40 year old court which was in terrible condition. We opened up the court with a huge community event, connecting cops and the community on the new court. This court will continue to give the kids of Jacksonville's Cleveland Arms neighborhood a safe place to play for decades to come.
Please consider a donation to help the BCF continue to improve police/youth/community relations nationwide!!!
***The Celebration Dream Center is located in the Northwest area in Jacksonville (an area with some of the highest crime and poverty rates in Jacksonville) and is an outreach hub for Celebration Church. The Dream Center is open throughout the year and hosts various outreaches for the surrounding communities. Some of the Dream Center outreaches include neighborhood block parties, after school programs, summer feeding programs, holiday food drives and more.
I was put in touch with Asst Commissioner O'Connor to arrange the delivery. He told me that he had an idea. He said that he wanted to "take over the streets" in 4 different neighborhoods in the NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn North area.
The planning began. I reached out to my contact at Spalding, who donated 4 goals and 50 balls. I reached out to my contact with the NBA who contacted the Brooklyn Nets, who wanted to play along!
After months of planning, we hit the streets of Brooklyn!!! I couldn't have dreamed of the amazing turnout we had. Dozens of officers having a blast with 100's of kids! Thank you to all who contributed to make this idea a reality. This will not be the last time we work with the NYPD!!!
News Story >>> http://brooklyn.news12.com/story/35901913/brooklyn-north-patrol-partners-with-nba-for-community-basketball-event
What city is next??? Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, LA????
Please consider a donation today to help us keep bridging the gap between our country's police and the youth in our communities.
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Event Pictures Here >>>
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I wish you continued success as you help with this worthy endeavor. What you're doing can help with police departments across the country. Thanks for above and beyond the call of duty!
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