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Bee-Ball for All: Charlotte Hornets give away Basketballs to local youngsters

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CHARLOTTE, NC - The Charlotte Hornets launched a new initiative program which distributes 10,000 basketballs to local youth in the Charlotte community. The program, titled "Bee-Ball for All", encourages youth to be active.

The basketball star, The Charlotte Hornets, will distribute 10,000 free basketballs to local youth in town. Five thousand basketballs will be given to children ages 5-17 who sign up for fall youth development programs at the Greater Charlotte YMCA. In the upcoming week, the other five thousand remaining will be distributed through other local youth organizations. 

The Hornets collaborated with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, Barings and Read Charlotte to host the celebration on July 27 at the Stratford Richardson YMCA. Alongside free basketball, 120 chosen kids will also have the opportunity to choose a book from the Barings Book Bus.

To encourage the love of basketball, 50 students will be chosen to take part in a 30-minute basketball clinic via the Hornets Hoops Program. In addition, parents who sign their kids up for the YMCA fall youth development program will have a chance to win four tickets to a Hornets match during the 2021-2022 season.

"The Bee-Ball for All program is designed to share the same love for basketball that we have as an organization with young children in our local community," said Charlotte Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield.

This initiative program was launched to encourage local kids to be physically active by playing sports, one of them being basketball. In addition to being physically active, this program also motivates young people to take up reading as a hobby. collaborating with Barings and Read Charlotte, the Barings Book Bus will visit the locations to promote reading to children.

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