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

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 12:25 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) 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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