Using basketball as a way to keep kids on the path to success

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 24, 2015) -- Leading Hoosier kids on a path to success through their favorite sport of basketball. The city-wide youth basketball season in Indianapolis kicked off Saturday with a youth jamboree. The kids got a pep-talk from former NBA player Darnell Hillman.

Many of the kids who are signed up for this year's youth basketball season are between the ages of 10 and 13. That's around the same age as a kid who, police say, robbed this CVS recently. Organizers hope a message delivered by Hillman will help keep the kids on a road to success.

Basketball is what Tremayne Hobson loves a lot. He joined the other kids on the court inside the Christian Park Family Center on Indy's east side. At 10 years old, Hobson knows for sure he isn't going to live the life of a criminal.

"I don't want to be a thief," Hobson said. "I want to be a regular kid and have fun."

Hobson is around the same age as a boy who, police say, stole pills from the CVS store at 5502 West 38th Street. A note, police say, implied he would "kill everyone" if the alarm button was pushed. Last Monday, Ashton Harting, 13, was killed in, what police indicate, may have been a gang related shooting.

Former NBA player Darnell Hillman, a.k.a. Dr. Dunk, told the kids to stay in the classroom if they want to be successful or be a pro athlete..

"It takes 10, 12 hours a day and you have to work on all aspects of it to get there," he said. "Not just the game itself, but yourself internally and most importantly get in the classroom and getting those grades."

Police are still investigating the CVS robbery as well as the shooting death of Ashton Harting. If you know anything about either one, call the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department or Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

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