Score! Basketball Hoop Fosters Positive Contact with Community Kids

Score! Basketball Hoop Fosters Positive Contact with Community Kids

Score! Basketball Hoop Fosters Positive Contact with Community Kids

One of the coolest things about working for a manufacturing company is that I get to make products that people love and use in their everyday lives. Having our headquarters in Clearfield, Utah gives Lifetime the opportunity to use our products and resources throughout the community. I am always happy when we can help someone out.

We recently had the opportunity to do just that. This basketball story below is from our friend Anthony, from the Department of Corrections facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am grateful to Anthony for sharing this experience and hope they are enjoying the new basketball system!

Pictures-3444-Agent-Todd-Carter-small.jpg“I bought a hoop in 2002 for our officers to use as a way to get in some exercise while at the office. We had no idea at the time it would transform into what it did.
 
We used the hoop for some great interoffice tournaments which soon grew to Region wide tournaments and the officers loved it. We would put the hoop away every night before leaving work. But one Friday, we were really busy and forgot to put it away. I came in the next day to put it away and found about 15 of the neighborhood kids playing on it. They were a little scared that they would get in trouble and continued to tell me that there were no basketball courts in the neighborhood. They asked if we would leave the hoop out and of course, we said that we would as long as they take care of it. They treated that hoop like it was their own.
 
I left for Iraq in 2003 and when I came back in 2005 our officers and the kids were still using the hoop and loving it. It was obviously was getting a lot of use and much more love than maintenance. In 2006 the kids rigged the hoop with duct tape and Picture-697-is-Supervisor-Blake-Beesley-and-Agent-Bryan-Aitken-with-the-kids-cropped.jpgstretcher bands. The hoop started to look pretty dangerous so we took it down for safety.

I approached my administration about buying a new hoop, but unfortunately the budget wouldn't support it, so I called Lifetime to inquire about a donation. Lifetime was gracious enough to donate a new system. I told the neighborhood kids a new hoop was coming and they just lit up. We bought the sand for the portable base and put the hoop out. There were five kids playing on it that same day. 
 
We are so grateful for Lifetime and their generosity. The hoop allows us to have positive contact with the kids in the neighborhood and offers them another option for better use of their spare time. Thank you so much, you have no idea of the impact you have made in our community.”

Jason

Jason

Name- Jason

Position at Lifetime Products- Product Marketing Manager for the Sporting Goods category.
 
My favorite products from Lifetime- Our current family favorite is the Big Stuff Hard Roof Play set.  The boys and their cousins LOVE it!  Since our home has the tendency to become a gathering place, we get the most use out of our large array of Lifetime Folding Tables.  We have our eye on the Ace Flyer for Christmas.  I have grand plans for The 60” Lifetime Mammoth Basketball System, I just need to first do a little backyard excavation for the play area. 

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David McHaley

7/8/2011 4:56:46 PM

Awesome, simply awesome.

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Nina

7/8/2011 9:23:57 PM

I love this story!

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