Hoops for Hope returns to Jackson County to bond kids with police

Bringing Jackson County youth and law enforcement together, Community for Unity once again hosted its Hoops for Hope basketball games.

The games returned Saturday following a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, with children and police officers from the Pascagoula and Moss Point communities gathering to drill some buckets.

The goal of the games is to give teens a chance to experience positive interactions with officers.

Parents also had an opportunity to talk with police about keeping their communities safe. Pascagoula Police Officer J.J. Perez said, “Being able to come out here and to play with these kids for me personally it’s a big deal because these are the kids that are the ones who are going to grow up and be our future, be our community leaders, be -hopefully- our police officers and try to stay away from all that bad stuff that’s going on in the streets right now.”

In all, eight teams competed with four players on each team. The games were three-on-three style with each squad having one sub-in player.

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