Chucky Hepburn dropped a lot of dimes to teammates in South Omaha’s old Christie Heights gym on his way to becoming a star Bellevue West point guard, state champion and University of Wisconsin basketball recruit.
He returned to Christie Heights this week to dish out another big assist: a $1,000 donation from Gatorade to Police Athletics for Community Engagement. Directing a grand from Gatorade to a youth sports organization of his choice is part of being named Nebraska’s Gatorade player of the year in boys basketball for 2019-20.
Hepburn chose to pass the money to PACE because of he and his father’s close connection with the organization and its leaders, including Deputy Omaha Police Chief Greg Gonzalez. PACE provides free sports to thousands of young people a year, most of them from South and North Omaha.
“I picked this program because it’s helped a lot of youth growing up,” Hepburn said. “We were blessed to be able to be a part of that.”
(Photo courtesy of Anna Reed/The World Herald)