Kids turn ‘dump’ of a basketball court into place they’re proud of
REGINA – A group of about six grade 9 students from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate are taking pride in their community by cleaning up their basketball court.
“We love playing ball and if we have a better court more people come out,” said grade 9 student David Put. “It’s great for the community.”
The boys have been playing basketball together for the past year, but two weeks ago they began dedicating a couple of hours each day to picking up garbage, cutting trees, and painting lines.
“It was a dump before this,” said Put. “There was tree overgrowth everywhere, broken glass, and garbage.”
“We put up some new mesh (provided by the school). I brought brooms from home, so we’re sweeping it up, and then the spray paint was provided by my mom.”
The owner of Apartment 3B, Colter Wood, was one of the people involved in starting up a Wednesday night basketball game at the Sheldon-Williams court, just this past month.
Two weeks ago about 25 players showed up, but last week they had over 40.
Wood learned over social media Tuesday that some of the players had decided to clean up the court.
“To see 25 and then 42 (players) is pretty crazy,” said Wood. “And then to see kids actually come out and care enough to be out there cleaning the court, making it safer for everybody, that was something else. That blew my mind.”