Neighbors knocked on his door, and the kid assumed he was in trouble for dribbling his basketball too much.
They weren’t there for that reason.
Anthony Muobike of Edmonton, Canada, enjoys basketball and plays in his driveway for hours every day. He was dribbling for up to four hours a day, using branches as a net.
Ian Ray, who has lived in the area for more than a decade, was impressed by the teen’s abilities and posted a need for assistance on Facebook.
Ian told Global News, “He was just a kid who dribbled a basketball all day, all night.” “I was thinking it’d be cool if he had a net.”
Ian was able to raise $750, but the post was so popular that Canadian Tire stepped in and provided a whole new net. The funds have been transferred to a gift card for Canadian shop Sport Chek, allowing Anthony to purchase more basketball equipment.
When Anthony’s neighbours arrived carrying gifts, he was taken aback.
“I used to think that when I dribbled, it created a ruckus and people wanted to sleep or whatever,” he explained. “I had no idea that dribbling the ball for at least two or four hours a day might truly have an effect.”
The entire endeavour seemed to have touched many people’s hearts, including Anthony’s hero, LeBron James.
“It’s a lot to take in,” Anthony’s mom Leticia Moubike said.
“My heart is full of joy. I’m overwhelmed… all I can say is thank you so much. Thank you north Edmonton, thank you Canadian Tire, thank you to Mr. Ray and his family.”
Leticia Moubike said she appreciates the sense of community in the area, which she recently moved into last year.
“The messages I saw, the love, the support, I’m so proud to live in this community,” Leticia said. “We saw LeBron James post earlier. I was speechless. I was shaking. I was in shock. I told my son, he was crying.”
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