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Local AAU team gives back Tue, 02 Jan 2018 04:00:43 +0000 basketball team Local AAU team gives back WLFI 3>> good evenin smith.brittany tyner is off tonight.thanks for joining us. 3>> a local aau basketball coach wants his players to do well on and off the court. news 18's demie johnson reports how the team spent their day giving back. #@john smith has been apart of these boys lives for a while.john smith: "i've had some of them as early as probably the 2nd grade." they're all in high school now. but smith has coached them on an aau basketball team for years. he teaches them more than just basketball though. john smith: "i really want to just teach these kids life skills and how to be young men and how to give back in the community and so seeing this out here was just amazing for me." smith organizes community service events's project was feeding the homeless. but he never forces them to go. kevonte richard: "he asked me if you wanted to and i told him i would defintiely come here, no doubt about it you don't even have to ask me, i'll be here." kevonte richard plays on the team. he's done this a few times. kevonte richard:" when i went home i just couldn't stop telling my mom about it, i just couldn't stop talking about it." smith says that's what giving back is all about. especially because many kids on the team rely on community support to play. john smith: "basketball is very expensive and a lot of these kids can't afford this basketball and basketball keeps the kid off the streets and because we have great people to help with fundraising and help donations, it's important for them to give back." he says he teaches them a lot of important lessons on the court. but it's what they do off the court that really matters most. kevonte richard:"people really think that ball is all life for us and ball is life, but not fully life...we care about other people." and it seems like they're starting and it seems like and it seems like they're starting to catch on. reporting in lafayette, dj, news 18. @# 3>>

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