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Hanahan Police Department hosts midnight basketball event

The Hanahan Police Department is hosting its first Midnight Basketball Event on Friday, June 1. (Source: HPD) The Hanahan Police Department is hosting its first Midnight Basketball Event on Friday, June 1. (Source: HPD)
HANAHAN, SC (WCSC) -

The Hanahan Police Department hosted its first Midnight Basketball Tournament on Friday.

Middle and high school children played basketball at a free event in Hanahan. 

"My chief put this task on my desk, he said,'You know you can make it happen.' I said okay anything for the kids," said School Resource Officer Alvin Zellous who helped organized the event.

The kids loved it. 

Several teams played 3 on 3 basketball and medals and trophies were also awarded.

"It's pretty fun. We get to play teams from all over the place, different play styles, different plays. So it's a challenge," said 7th grader Mason Gandolfo. "It's amazing. They're helping us out having something for us to do."

"I love these kids to death. I work with them continuously everyday. I'm more of a mentor to them," Zellous. "I deal with them on a daily basis, and to have them come out and support this event meals a lot."

There were also several raffle prizes including laptops, waterpark passes, movie tickets and Beats headphones.

"I love the police officers. They're really fun. I think it's so nice of them to do this," 7th grader Olivia Holmes said.

The Midnight Basketball event was sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Northwoods Cinema and Galloway's Trophy.

"We are law enforcement officers but we do more than just enforce the law. We can be a mentor, be a friend and if anybody needs to talk, that's what we're here for," Zellous said.

Hanahan Police officers say you can expect more events like this in the future.

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