“They tore up the TVs here, broke the walls, cut the furniture, broke the tables, broke all the computers, broke the water main,” said trainer Will Davis, co-owner of the gymnasium.
The youth training center off W. Belfort near Clodine, which was once praised by the mayor of Houston for its dedication to young athletes, was ransacked after surveillance video caught a man training to go through the glass door.
A burst water main flooded the facility, including the basketball court that dozens of young athletes call a second home.
“I go here about three times, sometimes four times a week,” said 12-year-old Kameron Ladejobi.
Davis says nothing was physically taken, but they will have to shut down for repairs that could take weeks.
“I’m really frustrated that this could happen to something you love,” 13-year-old Derrick Thiel said.
Boys who dream of playing hoop in college say they are working for sports scholarships.
“I don’t want to have to charge my mom or dad for college,” Ladejobi said.
But they are now feeling the pain of someone with very bad intentions.
“The fact that someone can come in and take it all away is just bad for the community,” Derrick said.
Teens say they won’t let this setback hold them back.
“Use that as motivation to go out and work harder on my game,” says Thiel.
D-One Athletics will move to temporary training at a neighborhood park.
If you know anything about vandalism inside D-One Athletics, please call the Fort Bend Co. Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665.
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