Basketball Cop Foundation

$61,581 of $65k goal

Raised by 1,122 people in 14 months
Bobby White
on behalf of Robert White
 GAINESVILLE, FL
It is no secret that there is a damaged relationship between our country's law enforcement and the communities we serve. My mission is to help rebuild this extremely important relationship, starting with the most important citizens… our children. To this end, I started the Basketball Cop Foundation, which achieve 501c3 status a non-profit organization under IRS EIN #81-2039399 last year.

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 basketballcop@gmail.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

Shaq!
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Update 6
Posted by Bobby White
1 month ago
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Investing in relationships: Tyree

Tyree calls me when he needs a basketball, when he's stuck at a basketball court in the rain and needs a ride, when a friend passes away, when he accidentally breaks a lamp and needs help fixing it so his mom doesn't get mad at him, when he doesn't have anyone to teach him how to drive, etc.

This foundation's mission is much deeper than playing basketball with kids. It's about new relationships built upon trust and understanding.
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Update 5
Posted by Bobby White
1 month ago
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We recently got the opportunity to upgrade a hoop right here at home. Check it out.

From one of the neighbors at the cook-out:

“This was a true blessing for the kids and the whole neighborhood loves it and still talking about it. Man this is like a cure to neighborhood crime. I heard some of the older guys talking about how much more they respect GPD now. They feel like officer friendly is back and GPD is for our protection and to keep our streets safe thank you again for that unforgettable moment”

Please share this campaign and donate to allow us the chance to create change both in our own backyard and across the rest of the country.
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Update 4
Posted by Bobby White
1 month ago
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So proud and grateful for this ESPN feature to get our mission out there more. Please share far and wide so we can raise more funds to grow.
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Update 3
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1 month ago
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About a year ago, we kicked off our #HoopsAcrossAmerica initiative with the first out of state hoop donation to the Pittsfield MA Police Department. Since then, I’ve developed a great relationship with PPD Chief Wynn. Chief Wynn connected me with Ofc Derby, who is their leader when it comes to community policing. Together, Chief Wynn and Ofc Derby have embraced the #HoopsNotCrime initiative and have rallied their community to embrace it as well. Last year, the Pittsfield community donated over 20 hoops, countless basketballs, and even built a half court for their city.

Ofc Derby has become Pittsfield's "Basketball Cop" and has begun receiving donations of snacks, school supplies, and other items to donate to the community. We are working together on a ‘best practices’ pamphlet to send along with our donated hoops to help recipient agencies recreate what Pittsfield was able to accomplish in their community.

These sort of practical partnerships will allow the Foundation to expand into more cities. We are so grateful for what has been accomplished so far, and can’t wait to see how much more we can do!
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Dom Smith
14 months ago
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All the way from the Bahamas am donating love this sorry we have the same problems here

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Teri'nisha Smith
20 days ago

You r a blessing to the world thank u

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Fifi Hacker-Bumgardner
1 month ago

Palm beach shores, Fl. Just started a week ago.

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Monica Romero
4 months ago

I meant stay "safe" :)

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Uriah Young
8 months ago

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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Pam Figiel Tokarz
13 months ago

my comment was messed up but to set up tax free here is info Next, complete and submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The information that you include on this form will serve as the basis of the IRS's decision of whether to grant your organization tax-exempt status.

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Pam Figiel Tokarz
13 months ago

I donated buNext, complete and submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The information that you include on this form will serve as the basis of the IRS's decision of whether to grant your organization tax-exempt status.t if he can set up a tax exempt company, he may get more donations. Here is info and good luck. Love this!

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$61,581 of $65k goal

Raised by 1,122 people in 14 months
Created February 23, 2016
Bobby White  
on behalf of Robert White
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Anonymous
10 days ago
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Liam Johnz
13 days ago

Sir You are a real HERO. My God richly bless you and you foundation. Thank you

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Matt Hanifin
14 days ago

Good luck -

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Daniel Arruiza
14 days ago

May God Bless You Bobby White!

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Marci Randle
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Dom Smith
14 months ago
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All the way from the Bahamas am donating love this sorry we have the same problems here

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Teri'nisha Smith
20 days ago

You r a blessing to the world thank u

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Fifi Hacker-Bumgardner
1 month ago

Palm beach shores, Fl. Just started a week ago.

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Monica Romero
4 months ago

I meant stay "safe" :)

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Uriah Young
8 months ago

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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Pam Figiel Tokarz
13 months ago

my comment was messed up but to set up tax free here is info Next, complete and submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The information that you include on this form will serve as the basis of the IRS's decision of whether to grant your organization tax-exempt status.

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Pam Figiel Tokarz
13 months ago

I donated buNext, complete and submit Form 1023, Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The information that you include on this form will serve as the basis of the IRS's decision of whether to grant your organization tax-exempt status.t if he can set up a tax exempt company, he may get more donations. Here is info and good luck. Love this!

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