Girls’ basketball team surprised by St. Louis Police officers

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- When an idea is a good one, it doesn’t take long to come together. On Wednesday, Officer James Binder was working a girls’ basketball game at Confluence Preparatory Academy when he had an idea: get basketball shoes, socks and bags for the team.

He shared the idea with other officers of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In no time, he collected $650. They talked to the team’s coaches to get shoe sizes and names.

On Friday morning, the last day of school before winter break, the eight girls on the team were called out of class to receive their gifts. They were all surprised.

Team members are freshman Avery Jones , Chayla Thomas and Jermeisha Willis, juniors Ginger Byrd, Beyonce Shaw and Jayla Young, and seniors Aska Arnold and Alexis Webster.

The players and coaches all expressed their thanks to the officers.