Ex-convict amazed by support of his grassroots west Louisville basketball program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An ex-convict running a basketball program in west Louisville is feeling the generosity of the community as he tries to save lives.
A Louisville woman donated a 15-passenger van to Derrick Miller after seeing a WDRB story in February. The team's other van was in poor condition and doesn't run anymore.
Miller drivers around picking up several of the players in west Louisville, taking them to practice and games. He served time for selling drugs and hopes to keep kids away from trouble through basketball.
The team is also trying to renovate the old St. George's Church gym and expand the program. The children practice in a middle school gym, but during the summer, they have to practice outside.
Since the story first aired, the generosity to the program has not faded away. An anonymous donor sent $200 to WDRB, which the station presented to Miller on Thursday.
“I just thank God for it,” Miller said. “It’s a blessing.”
The team will use the donation to repair the original van in the hope of reaching more kids.
"It's easy to get in trouble," Miller said, "It's hard to get out of it. I learned that through the court system."
If you would like to donate to the program, you find out how through the team’s Facebook site.
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