Lincoln officers score young fans after repairing hoop

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LINCOLN, Neb. - Last week, the Lincoln Police Department, with the help of a few local businesses, provided a unique service for a group of local kids.

The LPD Gang Unit had just finished serving a warrant when they struck up a conversation with a second grader, according to the departments Facebook page.

The young boy was shooting hoops with other neighbor kids, but the basketball hoop they were using had no net, and a completely shattered backboard.

The boy mentioned to officers that he hoped to one day play basketball for the University of North Carolina, and officers decided to help him achieve his dream.

Over the next few days, an officer for the department reached out to employees at Scheels and U-Stop, and both companies decided to join the cause.

Scheels agreed to provide a replacement backboard and rim, and U-Stop provided over 200 pounds of sand to prevent the hoop from blowing over.

On Wednesday, the Gang Unit returned and installed the new hoop and backboard.

“Policing is so much more than arrests. This is one example of working with other members of the community and creating lasting relationships. Can’t wait to watch this kid play collegiate ball in 10 years! He’s got a great future!” the LPD Facebook post said.