Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Deputies, Kids Have A Ball In Immokalee

Members of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office made a special trip to play a friendly game of deputies versus kids during the Immokalee Apartments basketball camp Aug. 3.

Sgt. Roger Motley, Cpl. David Russell, Cpl. Shawn Micciche and Deputy Patrick Stubbe volunteered their time to come and play. The four corrections deputies and Rob Jenkins, who coaches girls varsity basketball and track at East Lee County High School, played on one team, while the kids and coaching assistant Alyssa Ablaza played on the other. Despite the August heat, the group played three full-court games.

‘The kids loved playing the deputies and thought it was cool that the deputies came out on their day off to play basketball with them,” said Immokalee Cpl. Ana Russell.

CCSO began a basketball camp for the boys and girls living at the apartment complex, 601. W. Delaware, in late June. The camp takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Kids and teens ages 8 to 15 can play and learn about the sport with the assistance of Coach Jenkins

The owner of the Immokalee Apartments approached CCSO deputies to start the program for the kids living there so they could have fun in a safe environment and build a positive relationship with local law enforcement.

Photos by Cpl. Ana Russell/CCSO (4)