The basketball goals have been damaged multiple times (Source:WALB)
The latest incident took place over the Easter weekend (Source:WALB)
Mitchell Baker Service Center Executive Director Ginna Waters (Source:WALB)
Those at the center love playing basketball on their own court (Source:WALB)
The group is now taking action (Source:WALB)
CAMILLA, GA (WALB) -
A Camilla organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities told WALB News 10 that they are shocked and saddened after vandals targeted their basketball courts.
The adults at the Mitchell Baker Service Center love playing basketball on their court.
“They’re in and out, all day long. Great exercise for them, a ton of fun,” Mitchell Baker Service Center Executive Director Ginna Waters said.
But not everyone is coming to the court for a friendly game of hoops.
“As soon as we installed them, we started having people trespass,” Waters said.
And these unknown ballers weren’t just bringing down the house.
It’s not that they were using them, we had no problem with that, but they were also damaging them,” Waters added.
The staff has replaced the goals several times. They’ve even gone as far as having them welded to make them more durable. But that home-court advantage didn’t last long with the latest incident happening over the Easter weekend.
“They came out here to use some of them and immediately were sounding the alarm that it was damaged again,” Waters said.
Now, these players are frustrated.
“They get upset about it because they really look forward to using these goals,” Waters said.
The center has taken action by hanging several no trespassing signs and getting assistance from area officers.
“Camilla Police Department has been great. They’ve been stepping up patrols,” Waters said.
The center is going one step further by asking the community to also keep their eyes open.
“We have a lot of people that play tennis at the tennis center next door or they bring recycling to us,” Waters said.
If residents see something, they’re asked to report it.
“If they see people out on the courts after hours or on the weekends, if they’d just call 911 and let them know.
And help keep this court for its home team.
“We’d just like it to stop, so the goals can be used for the people that they were intended for,” Waters said.
Several residents have suggested putting up security cameras. The executive director said it’s an option, but it also cost money. Money that will have to be used to pay for the next set of repairs.