ST. LOUIS, Miss. (CBS) — Elementary school students in St. Louis, Missouri have a new hero.

A city police officer says his heart sank when he saw the kids shooting basketballs at rotted hoops.

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Officer Michael Owens said he saw the broken down backboard while out on his beat.

That’s when he contacted a friend he thought could help who posted the officer’s request on facebook.

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It went viral, and two area stores covered the cost to get the kids a hoop they could shoot at.

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The officer’s good will doesn’t end with one school – Officer Owens says 20 companies came forward with offers to help.

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He has already identified four other schools where he hopes to get new hoops installed.