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Gainesville's 'Basketball Cop' starts foundation that brings basketball to youth

Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes plays basketball with members of the #HoopsNotCrime crew at the grand opening of their new backyard basketball court in Gainesville.

Gainesville Police Department

Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes plays basketball with members of the #HoopsNotCrime crew at the grand opening of their new backyard basketball court in Gainesville.

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Since Shaq showed up, Gainesville’s “Basketball Cop” has grown from local hero to worldwide celebrity -- and he’s using his newfound fame to bring the sport to kids throughout the city.

Bobby White, an officer with the Gainesville Police Department, recently launched the Basketball Cop Foundation, which he is using to buy basketballs, hoops and other equipment for young people who may not be able to play otherwise. In five days, the foundation has raised more than $4,000 on the fundraising website gofundme.com. The goal is $25,000.

“Officer White has been absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of international support the #HoopsNotCrime story has garnered,” Gainesville police spokesman Ben Tobias wrote on the GoFundMe page. “Many folks have already sent him basketballs and portable hoops in the hopes that he can help other neighborhood youth.”

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[Last modified: Monday, February 29, 2016 11:35am]

    

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