Teen Thought He Did Something Wrong When Neighbors Knocked On His Door, Until They Revealed The Surprise

A Canadian teen thought he was in trouble after neighbors knocked on his door, he’d been practicing a lot of basketball lately and was scared they were there because of it.

Anthony Muobike

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Anthony Muobike from Edmonton, Canada, plays basketball for several hours a day in his driveway. He was using branches as a net and dribbling for up to 4 hours a day.

Meanwhile, Ian Ray, who’s lived in the neighborhood for over a decade, noticed the teen’s skills and put out a call for help on Facebook. “He was just a kid who dribbled a basketball – all day, all night,” Ian said. “I kind of figured it would be cool if he had a net.”

Outpouring of kindness

Ian raised $750 for the boy, his post garnered so much attention and was noticed by Canadian Tire who donated a brand new net. The money was added to a gift card for Canadian retailer Sport Chek so that Anthony can pick up some more basketball gear.

Anthony was stunned when neighbors arrived bearing gifts. “I thought that whenever I dribble it made a racket and people want to sleep or something like that,” he said.

“I did not know that dribbling that ball, practicing at least maybe two or four hours a day, would actually have an influence.” The incident has had a profound effect on many including Anthony’s idol, Lebron James.

“It’s a lot to take in,” Anthony’s mom Leticia Moubike said. “My heart is full of joy. I’m overwhelmed… all I can say is thank you so much. Thank you north Edmonton, thank you Canadian Tire, thank you to Mr. Ray and his family.”

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The Moubike family only moved into the neighborhood last year, and Leticia said she’s grateful for the sense of community. “The messages I saw, the love, the support, I’m so proud to live in this community,” Leticia said.

“We saw LeBron James post earlier. I was speechless. I was shaking. I was in shock. I told my son, he was crying,” Leticia added.

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