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Lee's Summit North men's basketball team builds court for domestic violence shelter

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jul 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-09 13:04:55-04

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Lee’s Summit North men’s basketball team is taking their skills off their court onto a brand new one. 

They’re building a new basketball court for kids at Hope House.

“It just makes you feel good inside to help other people, especially who really need your help,” senior Tommy Erwin said. 

Hope House is a domestic violence shelter, housing mothers and their children.

CEO MaryAnne Metheny said she’s grateful for the team and their work on this project.

“You can see what we have here. We have a new place for those kids that are coming into shelter, a new place for them to play and that's wonderful,” Metheny said. 

Metheny said Hope House’s goal is for kids who come into the shelter to be just kids. 

“They don't have to worry about any of the problems that mom’s facing, we're here to help mom, and they just get to be kids,” Metheny said.

And this team is helping them do just that through basketball. 

“I want them to know that we're thinking about them, we care about them and hope's not lost here at the Hope House,” Erwin said. 

There is no offseason for this team. Whether on or off the court, they’re using their skills to help impact the community through annual service projects. Now they’re bringing their passion of the game to Hope House.

“The purpose of our program is to use basketball to help these guys to love, serve and lead others with excellence and confidence,” Coach Mike Hilbert said. “And when I talked to the seniors about this project, they were all on board.”

There are only a few steps left in the project. The next step is to paint the court.