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“Really a blessing:” Three Brown Deer brothers who love basketball surprised with their very own hoop

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BROWN DEER — A Brown Deer woman saw a need and decided to take action. She has now scored some big points with some kids in her neighborhood!

Ellen Schimenz

Ellen Schimenz

“Every day when I’m driving home, I go by our neighborhood here, and there are three boys — and they all have a basketball, but there’s no hoop,” Ellen Schimenz said.

Schimenz is an assistant principal at Brown Deer Elementary School.

Shelli Mueller

Shelli Mueller

She put an email out to her staff, and a high school teacher created a Facebook post. That teacher got an immediate response — from Shelli Mueller, who chose to donate a hoop for the kids.

“It was in the garage for two years. I bought it for the kids, and the landlord wouldn’t let me put it up,” Mueller said.

Mueller heard about the need for a hoop through the Facebook group “Shorewood Moms.”

Mueller and Schimenz were on hand on Tuesday evening, September 22nd as the basketball hoop was installed at the kids’ home.

Basketball hoop for Brown Deer boys

Basketball hoop for Brown Deer boys

Then, it was time for the big surprise — captured by FOX6 Photojournalist Joe Wagener.

WATCH:

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"I mean, this is very special to me because I know how my boys feel about this," the boys' mother said. "For someone to think about them, it's a blessing. It's really a blessing."

Basketball hoop for Brown Deer boys

Basketball hoop for Brown Deer boys

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9 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Nice gesture….what did their dad(s) have to say??? And what’s with the basketball hoop in the picture when they are raising the new hoop?? Looks like they had one but I thought they didn’t? And finally, why is it all white people helping out the family but yet nothing is made of their generosity??? I know I’m ripping the ‘story’, (and it’s very nice what they are doing), but yet inside the black community they won’t even notice or care. Tomorrow, someone will rob, mug or vandalize one of these volunteers…..

    • #Truth

      Just have to look for the bad in everything… od forbid a black Dr has to save your life… Bitter bigot you are. I’m guessing you’ve been beat up by a minority a few times in your miserable life

    • shelli

      The neighborhood was so sweet and gave me hugs when we left. The first basketball hoop belonged to the asst principal–that shot was taken at HER house.

  • Opinion8d

    Always makes you feel good when giving away stuff to people driving nicer cars than you have….it’s all about priorities. Clearly if mama can afford a shiny SUV (Escalade maybe???), she could buy them a hoop. Still a nice thing that was done. Hope it’s appreciated.

    • #Truth

      Maybe the truck isn’t theirs. Nowhere does it mention who the vehicle belongs to… Any chance you get to belittle a minority.. Miserable

    • shelli

      It was her SUV, yes. I have a small car. She has a house and a yard and I do not. Guess what? I don’t care. It’s not my job to judge her or anyone else. The issue is simple: the boys love basketball and didn’t have a hoop and I heard about it and gave mine away. Now, the boys can play basketball. Done.

  • Fred

    The lady who donated the hoop said it’s been laying around for two years because the landlord wouldn’t let her put it up – so she gave it away. What’s so bad about that? Better than letting it lay around another two years….who cares what races are involved? Some kids get a never used hoop and a nice lady cleared out her garage. My philosophy is: when you do something nice you are doing it to help others – not for praise.

    • shelli

      Dear Fred, thank you. I had no idea it was a black family, and honestly, I was almost disappointed, which sounds terrible, but I knew there would be “aww…this nice white lady gives to these poor black people” comments. Unfortunately, I was right. Oh well. It felt good to see the boys play, and play with them.

  • KTub

    …and as usual, anonymous comments made via the internet shine with love and non-judgment LOL…internet comments are like a terrible car wreck on the freeway. You know you gonna see ugly, yet you look anyway and BOOM – you see ugly. I never learn.

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