Officers buy neighborhood kids basketball hoop, balls after seeing them play with milk crate

Chicago police officers noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop. The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs.
Chicago police officers noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop. The officers saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game, so they got together to buy them a new hoop and basketballs. Photo credit Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown/Twitter

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Basketball with no hoop? Some Chicago Police Department Community Service Officers spotted the problem and decided to do something about it.

According to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, officers from the Chicago Police Department’s 6th District noticed a group of children in the neighborhood playing basketball using a milk crate as their hoop. The officers "saw an opportunity to help the kids with their game," so they all pitched in and got the kids a store-bought hoop, along with some basketballs.

Brown shared video on Twitter showing two uniformed officers carrying a box with the new hoop inside to the door of a young boy's home. A woman walks the boy onto the deck, covering his eyes with her hands and then revealing the surprise.

The boy can then be heard yelling "thank you!" with a big smile on his face.

"Is that a little bit better?" an officer asked the boy, giving him a high-five.

"Yeah!" he said, jumping with excitement.

"Yeah? You cool with that?" the officer said, before telling the boy they were going to assemble it.

Photos shared via Twitter by Supt. Brown showed a group of at least nine officers opening the box and working together to assemble the basketball hoop. Once set up, the officers posed with three boys and one girl holding their new basketballs in their front yard.

"They even stuck around to play a quick game of basketball with their new friends!" Brown wrote, sharing another video of officers shooting hoops with the children. "Not only did this make the kids happy, but it made my day too."

The video shows the officers and children playing ball in a fenced in area of pavement.