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Shreveport Suns inspire youth in community

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Shreveport Suns are in their second season of semi-pro basketball and one of their main goals is to give back to the community, where the majority of the team played high school hoops.

Krystal Jackson played at Southwood High School in the late 90's and played against a lot of the women on her team now. Playing with them in her home town is a dream come true.

"It's great to have a lot of these hometown people on your team you can't really explain the joy of having the same camaraderie from everyone," Jackson said. "We are from the same spot and are trying to represent and let them know that you are here for that."

Sherita Stanley played for Minden High School.

"We have a lot of local talent I advise anybody to actually come out and check us out everybody that I know that came," she said.

The Suns are not only from the area and played here but they also have become coaches in local high schools.

The Suns are not only former ArkLaTex basketball players, they also have become coaches at some of the local high schools.

"All of the things that you gripe at them about, you are trying to make sure you don't do that in front of them so they can't say, 'Coach, but you were doing it on the court,' Jackson said. "You don't want to hear that from your players. You want to be able to be sure that you can execute."

Former Southwood standout Cindee Wright is now head basketball coach at Calvary Baptist Academy.

"It's always good to set a good example for the kids that are coming up so they can see what they will be getting themselves into as well," she said.

Some of the high school athletes that the Suns coach were at this weekend's game and have some advice for their ball playing peers.

"Come study the game from some people who have been where we been," said Princess Davis, Green Oaks senior guard.

The Suns picked up a close win this weekend. But the reason they play is to be an inspiration to the young ladies who watch.

"It's an opportunity for them to see that their careers don't have to stop at the high school level, nor does it have to stop at the college level," said player/owner Shayla Canady. "It's something in place for those young ladies to continue there athletic careers," said Canady.

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