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Friendly game of hoops builds bonds between police, students

A group of Hollywood police officers recently took on the Driftwood Middle School basketball team in a friendly game at the school. The Driftwood team — made up of members of the school’s boys’ and girls’ basketball team – defeated the police officers, 44-39.

While the game was fun and competitive, an important goal was to create a positive bond among members of the Hollywood Police Department and the students. Leaders of the Hollywood Police Department, including Chief Tomas Sanchez, attended the game.

“We want to build a positive relationship between the police department and the students,” said Patrick Agenor, a school resource officer at Driftwood Middle School. “This was a great opportunity to have some fun and build relationships.”

Ben Joseph, the Driftwood Middle School coach and athletic director, said he loved seeing his team win against a team of adults. “We saw the officers as a barrier to be overcome and we overcame them. Our team works very hard,” he said.

Driftwood Middle School Principal Steven Williams was pleased with the outcome as well. “We have a good team. This was a good community event,” he said.

 

David Volz
David Volz
David Volz has been a reporter for Hollywood Gazette since 2011 and has worked for numerous community news publications throughout South Florida over the past two decades including the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and South Florida Business Journal. He is a Professor in the Business department at Broward College and the editor of the Coral Springs Connection, an online community news website. He covers city government, schools, sports events, cultural activities, faith groups and workplaces.

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