Broken basketball goal replaced through generous donations

Broken basketball goal replaced through generous donations

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It didn't take long Wednesday afternoon for two Jonesboro police officers to remove a child's basketball goal from their front yard.

It took even less time for them to replace it with a brand new one though.

The act of kindness was made possible through generous donations and a chance meeting between an officer and a young boy.

"It was Thanksgiving and I just looked out the door and he was out here playing basketball with Wakeem," Rachael Daniels told Region 8 News.

Daniels said her children Wakeem and Wakiryah love basketball. Unfortunately, their basketball goal had seen so much love, the backboard was long gone.

JPD Corporal John Shipman noticed the missing backboard last week when he saw Wakeem playing ball and asked to play a quick game of horse with him.

Through his organization "Back the Blue," Corporal Shipman was able to gather donations for a replacement for the Daniels family.

Wednesday afternoon, Shipman and JPD DARE Officer Greg Lawson took the old goal down and put the new one up before Wakeem and Wakiryah got home from school.

For Wakeem, it was an interesting turn of events, considering why he thought Corporal Shipman walked up to him last week.

"I don't know. I thought I was in trouble or something!" Wakeem said. "He told us he was gonna come back and fix our goal but when I came back today I was surprised."

Instead, he's now formed a lasting relationship with someone who simply shares a love of the game.

Corporal Shipman told Region 8 News that Wal-Mart donated the basketball goal. Academy Sports and the DARE Program donated basketballs for the Daniels children.

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