Grant provides basketball shoes for refugee kids at clinic run by high school student

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 6:32 p.m. MDT

Refugee children loosen up before practicing basketball skills at American Preparatory Academy, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in West Valley City. Alta High School sophomore Jonathan Diener has organized Hoops 4 Bright Futures and received a $2,500 award from Select Health to purchase basketball shoes for refugee children who attend his basketball clinics.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Young basketball players got their kicks in more ways than one at American Preparatory Academy on Thursday.

The refugee children received new shoes made possible by a grant and then took to the court to work on their basketball skills in a clinic put on by Alta High School sophomore Jonathan Diener.

Diener organized Hoops 4 Bright Futures, a series of basketball clinics to help refugees, and received a $2,500 grant from Select Health to purchase the sneakers for the kids.

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