SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse police officer Brandon Hanks continues to generate national attention for his youth basketball challenge.
Thursday, Los Angeles Laker player Rajon Rondo donate 25 pairs of sneakers to Officer Hanks’ effort. Rondo says he saw the viral video of children from Syracuse taking on Officer Hanks in basketball games in city parks.
If the kids win, they get a pair of sneakers. If they lose, they have to do push-ups.
In making the donation, the Rajon Rondo Foundation released the following statement, saying in part:
“…we are always willing to provide support to people who are willing to use their time, talent and treasure to make this world a better place.
In accepting the donation, Officer Hanks says, “It just goes to show you… good things happen to good people, and when you’re doing good deeds, those type of things go unnoticed. So, for him to see that from miles and miles away really meant a lot to me and will probably stick with me forever.”
Hanks grew up in Syracuse and played basketball at Henninger High School and SUNY Morrisville.