CHPD Make Special Delivery to Kids at Sayonara Center
The Citrus Heights Police Department received a donated basketball hoop from the Basketball Cop Foundation (#hoopsnotcrime). This foundation was founded by active duty Police Officer Bobby White from the Gainesville Florida Police Department. Officer White responded to a noise complaint of kids playing basketball in the street. When Officer White arrived on scene he talked with the kids and proceeded to play basketball with them.
The incident was captured on his in-car camera. The video went viral, attracting the attention of retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal. Officer White told the kids he would return to play with them again and he would bring “back up”. When he returned, Shaquille O’Neal was the back-up.
A resident from Citrus Heights sponsored the basketball hoop to be donated to children in the city of Citrus Heights. The Citrus Heights Police Department looked into several different areas for the hoop to call home. It was finally decided to donate the hoop to the children at the Sayonara Center. This is an after-school program that helps 50-70 children from the surrounding neighborhood with school work and life skills. They delivered the hoop on September 28 to the kids at the Sayonara Center.
The center is located at 7861 Sayonara Drive in Citrus Heights.