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Polk Sheriff strips jails' basketball hoops, donates to churches
Polk Sheriff strips jails' basketball hoops, donates to churches

Bartow, FL -- Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced his decision to remove a variety of outdoor recreational equipment from Central and South County jails beginning today, after determining that local houses of worship deserve it more than inmates.

"Going to jail is not fun and games. If you want to play basketball, stay out of jail." -Sheriff Grady Judd.

Basketball goals, including backboards, rims, nets, and posts will be taken from the jails and will be given and installed at local churches. The transition began at 1:30 p.m. today at Central County Jail, located at 2390 Bob Phillips Road, Bartow, Florida.

The same equipment was then delivered to Turning Point Worship Center in Bartow for use by their church community. Deputies will also be giving out basketballs to go along with the new hoops.

The Following Eight Churches, who have expressed a need for basketball equipment for youth programs, will be receiving donated basketball goals and equipment from the Polk County Sheriff's Office in the coming weeks:

Word of Life Christian Center, Bartow, Pastor Kris Andrews
Believers Fellowship Church, Lakeland, Pastor Wayne Friedt
St. Paul Holiness Church, Winter Haven, Bishop James Cochran
Spurgeon (Spanish Catholic), Mulberry, Father Franklin
Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Lakeland, Pastor Stafford
First Haitian Church of the Nazarene (Inwood), Winter Haven, Reverend Brutus
New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (Florence Villa) Winter Haven, Reverend O'Harroll

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