Dobbie Herrion decided several months ago that he would no longer be a passerby but rather a man of action.
The Florissant resident and Academic Support Center manager at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley (STLCC), created a non-profit organization to help restore and maintain pride in area basketball courts.
Herrion founded Neighborhood Nets, a community development program that puts a net on every bare basketball rim in the St. Louis-area.
He said his goal is to make it a global initiative, and he was recently named an Allstate Champion For Good through the insurance company's Give It Up For Good campaign.
This initiative urges people to share the good in their community by recognizing and highlighting the unsung heroes who dedicate themselves to doing good.
“We certainly never set out to receive any type of special recognition, but to be recognized for making small gestures in the community inspires us to continue to serve and motivate others to make their own small gestures,” Herrion told his colleagues at STLCC. “As our net hanging season comes to an end in October, we’ll be rolling out our Resources to Rebound curriculum for youth basketball players that focuses on personal development as well as our Recycling Initiative that will collect old nets and recycle, refurbish and redistribute new nets globally.”
Herrion said since he started the nonprofit, he has put up more than 60.
Want to learn more about Neighborhood Nets? Click here.
Are you interested in helping the cause? Click here to view the Neighborhood Nets Go Fund Me fundraiser.
Do you know someone doing good in the community? Tweet it and use #GiveItUpForGood.