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.READ MORE: Philadelphia Police Officer, Civilian Involved In Crash In Kingsessing, Police Say
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.READ MORE: Philadelphia's Furry Friends Celebrate Howl-O-Ween
It went viral, and two area stores covered the cost to get the kids a hoop they could shoot at.
The officer’s good will doesn’t end with one school – Officer Owens says 20 companies came forward with offers to help.MORE NEWS: Pennsauken High School Hosts Saturday Football After Game Moved Due To Several Fights Last Friday
He has already identified four other schools where he hopes to get new hoops installed.