Local AAU basketball team gives back

A local AAU coach is teaching his players about more than just basketball.

Posted: Jan. 1, 2018 11:21 PM
Updated: Jan. 1, 2018 11:34 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A local AAU coach is teaching his players about more than just basketball. Every year he organizes a community service event for the team to participate in.

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They spent their evening serving a meal to the homeless. Everything was homemade by the players and their families.

Coach John Smith said many of the boys rely on community support to play in his league. That's why he said it's important for them to give back.

"Basketball is very expensive and a lot of these kids can't afford this basketball and basketball keeps the kid off the streets and because we have great people to help with fundraising and help donations, it's important for them to give back to the community," said Smith.

Nearly fifty homeless people came to eat, and the team was able to leave behind some leftovers.

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