Officer helps build basketball court after video of him playing with kids goes viral

Basketball Cop Bobby White and Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes enjoy a little one-on-one! (Photos: Ofc. Ben Tobias/GPD)

GAINESVILLE, FL (WCMH)– Back in January, video of Gainesville Police Officer Bobby White playing basketball with children who were playing “loudly” went viral. Now he has helped build the kids their very own basketball court.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, White responded to northwest Gainesville on the report of loud children playing in the streets. Instead of breaking up the game, White joined the kids, just thrilled that they were outside enjoying the weather.

The hashtag #HoopsNotCrime quickly spread across social media, as well as the video of White playing with the kids. Basketball star Shaquille O’Neal even stopped in Gainesville to play with the kids.

Seeing an opportunity to do more good for the community, White asked the mother of one of the kids to build a basketball court in her backyard.

After getting permission and donations from the community, White was able to build the crew a permanent commercial sized hoop and court.

The court was even painted with a white and blue #HoopsNotCrime logo.  Harlem Globetrotter Buckets Blakes was also on hand to help christen the court with some of his basketball wizardry.

“The feedback from across the world has been amazing” White said. “I can’t just let this story fade away. I have to make sure that I can impact as many young lives through sports as possible” he said. “Just wait…this is only the beginning.”

White has created a Facebook page at where more information can be found on upcoming projects. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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