A program only four cities old making its way to the Queen City.
"This is a very diverse place and we know with diversity their comes challenges with diversity. We think this is a plce where you have all the attributes that could have something negative happen, but also all the attritubes that can have somethng great happen," said Diahann Billings-Burford, the CEO of The Ross Initiative in Sports for Eqaulity.
Several groups including the NBA, RISE and CMPD coming together to announce a 10-week program designed to help and build trust and bridge divides in the community through hoops.
Governor Roy Cooper says this program is a win-win.
"This mentoring program can make a real difference in the lives of kids, and it can also make better law enforcement officers," said Governor Roy Cooper.
"It's good because it's always good to communicate. It's always good to have a better relationship with the community," said Jacoby Jackson a local 8th grader.
Along with kids participating in an NBA style combine, a ribbon cutting ceremonty was held to celebrate two newly renovated courts.
Organizers say the weekly program begins March 9. It will feature a combination of on court basketball training and hands on leadership activities that will address soical injustince, promote inclusion and uplift voices..