Dream Center kids net new basketball jerseys

By Megan Carpenter

December 5, 2013 Updated Dec 5, 2013 at 12:45 AM EDT

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Kids at George F. Johnson's Dream Center had a new reason to play with pride Wednesday night, thanks to local donors who provided new basketball uniforms.

It's all in an effort to help more underprivileged kids participate in sports. The founder of the Dream Center said they've been expanding since 2007. They now have three basketball teams.

The Johnson City Rotary provided 15 new uniforms Wednesday night. The Dream Center said just those 15 jerseys cost nearly $1,000. Despite the hefty cost, most in attendance Wednesday couldn't be happier.

"This program will give them those skills, so when they get into middle school and high school, they'll have the courage and experience to try out and make the team," said Patricia Cardin, Founder of the Dream Center.

Cardin said the Dream Center has 65 kids combined among the three teams. Those who did not get a jersey Wednesday are on a waiting list.