NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Boys and Girls Club in Newport News off Hampton Ave. was just revamped by NBA Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson earlier this month.
There was supposed to be a basketball tournament held there this weekend on the brand new state-of-the-art court.
But now the CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of the Virginia Peninsula, Hal Smith, says playing here will be put on hold.
Recently someone broke into the clubhouse and stole 10 laptops.
The tournament will have to be held at another Boys and Girls Club in Hampton on Shell Road, while they work to fix the damage that happened during that break-in.
Smith says it’s unfortunate when these things happen because it takes resources away that are allocated to other programs to help change lives.
Their mission is to continue to give the youth opportunities in neighborhoods that need them the most.
And that need to help the youth was a big topic of discussion at a community meeting held in Newport News.
“Whether it’s sports mentorships, interacting with kids at school, after-school programs, I want to interact with them,” said Chief Steve Drew.
Chief Drew says starting with youth is just one of the ways he’s hoping to combat crime in the long run.
“Together that’s the best way of reducing crime in this city,” Drew said.