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June 22, 2013

Permanent change: Give Me a Shot adds new hoops at Haskins Courts

ENID, Okla. — A non-profit organization formed two years ago by three high school students has made a permanent change to the Enid landscape.

Harrison Maud, who graduated in May from Enid High School and will head to the University of Central Oklahoma in the fall, was the youngest of the three students who came together in 2011 to establish Give Me a Shot, a basketball-based mentoring program for underprivileged youngsters. Maud, on behalf of Give Me a Shot, had four nets and rims mounted at Don Haskins Courts for area youth to play basketball. Maud said he wanted to focus on a park that got a lot of use for basketball, and Don Haskins Courts was an obvious choice.

“Every single time I pass that park at night, I see a big group of people using it,” Maud said.

Maud said he shoots hoops at that park himself.

The old rims were in such poor shape that the ball had to fall essentially straight down through the rim, Maud said. The new rims are breakaway rims, much better for playing basketball, Maud said.

Maud said he spoke to City Manager Eric Benson about his idea of having new hoops installed, and Benson was enthusiastic about the idea.

To buy the hoops, Maud went through the YMCA, and was given a discount on the price. After raising $1,050 for the project, the rims were shipped to the YMCA, where city employees picked them up and mounted them at the park.

The other two then-high-schoolers who helped launch Give Me a Shot are Eduardo Lima and Connor Choate.

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