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Police, kids play basketball at Scott High School

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The gym at Scott High School played host to a special competition Tuesday: Police Probation Basketball.

Basketball is a passion for many Toledo youth. Keeping kids safe and out of trouble is a passion for Toledo Police officers and those involved in the STRIVE program. They put the two together for the basketball event.

"We went through the schools, and a lot of the schools don't have activities," explained Officer Flo Wormely. "So they're screaming out for things for kids to do, so STRIVE and the Police Probation team just decided to do some things."

The STRIVE program helps kids with OGT testing. The Police Probation team gets kids involved with community service, and out of the court system.

For STRIVE advocate Ric Turner and his 12-year-old son Trey, the event was more than just basketball.

"I do appreciate it," Trey said. "All of my friends are on the streets, and they're bad kids. I don't want to be a part of that."

"Sometimes the kids need someone that is a little bit older than them, that they can relate to more, and that can show them the difference between right and wrong and how to be a positive individual in this community," Turner said.

A few Rogers basketball players, fresh off a state championship appearance, took the time to do just that. Clemmye Owens and Tony Kynard picked up clipboards and coached the kids, giving them a few pointers.

"It's very good because you know kids, we don't want them doing the wrong thing, and this keeps them busy," Owens said. "With them playing basketball, they can't get in no trouble."

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