The Coatesville Police Department partnered with the nonprofit Basketball Cop Foundation to provide a new basketball hoop for a local neighborhood, according to a report from Fox 29.
The kids on Elm Street gave the officers an ecstatic welcome when they noticed the new, state-of-the-art basketball hoop attached to the back of Chief Jack Laufer’s police cruiser.
“We needed one really bad, but no one was talking about it,” said Djaqir Brasch.
For Brasch, 16, the hoop carries some measure of hope.
“I think it’s going to bring us closer together with everything, and hopefully everyone can get along better,” said Brasch.
The idea to get the new hoop came from the officers who noticed the neighborhood’s shabby basketball hoop when they were answering calls coming from there. So Captain Laufer and his Sargent, Rodger Ollis, saw an opportunity.
“This is a neighborhood net that is shared, loved, and cared for,” said Ollis.
“We recognized the need to give back to the community we serve from a different perspective,” said Laufer.
Read more about the donation of the basketball hoop at Fox 29 here.