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“Saturday Nite Lights” a slam dunk with Harlem teens: DA offers free Pro-Hoops training to keep kids safe

December 04, 2011 | NY Daily News

 

 
More than 70 Harlem teens participated in free “Pro Hoops” Basketball Training Camp. “Saturday Night Lights.” The program starts again this weekend.
 
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Manhattan DA Cy Vance is hoping to make uptown streets safer one jumpshot at a time.
 
Harlem teen hoopsters are getting a shot at strutting their stuff on the hardwood court alongside cops, DEA agents and assistant DA’s.
Dubbed “Saturday Night Lights” for turning on the lights at a previously closed gym on Manhattan Avenue and W. 119th St., the new basketball training program is open to neighborhood kids aged 12-16.
 
The program is run by the Police Athletic League and Ross Burns, the director of Pro Hoops NYC, a company that trains NBA players, college athletes and rich folks who want to “train like the pros.”
 
“If you put a really good basketball trainer in front of a group of kids who like to play, they respond. The Pro Hoops trainers are superstars. The kids love it,” sad Vance. “I think this is one of the ways modern law enforcement can create something fun that will actually help make the community safer.”