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Education – At-risk youth, senior volunteers team up on the basketball court

A typical high school basketball game pulses with energy. The ball thuds against the backboard, echoing throughout the gym. Shoes squeak against the shiny wooden floors as players and officials sprint the length of the court. The gentle swish of the ball passing through the net is met with the muffled clap of random high-fives and boisterous cheers from the audience.

But at this game inside Wheeler Gym, there are no spectators, no rooting parents, no cheerleaders. Aside from the players, coaches, and officials, there are only volunteers from the Santa Clara County Probation Department, the city of Gilroy, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

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