St. Louis man’s “Neighborhood Nets” catching on in other cities

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FERGUSON, MO (KPLR) - He's making a big difference with a very simple idea. Any basketball player will tell you that there's something special about the sound of a swish. So, that's why Dobbie Herrion carries a ladder in his car. He goes around St. Louis putting up nets on empty basketball hoop rims.

On Friday, he was in Ferguson sending the message anyone can make a difference.

"I'm a very busy person, full time job, I'm a dad, working on my doctorate but I wanted to do something about a problem I saw. I just kind of took it upon myself to do it."

He formed a non-profit called Neighborhood Nets. It has caught on in other cities. Herrion hopes it will spread to all 50 states.

"Yeah it really caught fire. We have people in Denver as far up as Canada. I've had some people in Vegas contact me, 'can you send us some nets.'"

It's about more than the sound. It's about showing us how to make a difference.

"And I've talked to kids on the playground and they're like, how can I do that? I say well you see a need, and you fulfill the need."

Herrion also wrote a life skills book that helps coaches teach players about life off the court. He also helped launch the No Ceilings scholarship program through Southeast Missouri State University.

"What we want to do is kind of pay it forward so myself and some friends we all got together, we raised some money and we`re going to give back to the institution that gave us, that really gave us our start."

Sometimes people wanting to make a difference mistakenly believe they need to make a big splash.

"Maybe I'm sort of a renegade out here doing what I want to do but nobody is kicking me off a court yet and all I'm getting are high fives and thank-yous from the community, so I'm happy to do it."

Sometimes all it takes is something as simple as a sound.

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