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Man Up Foundation looks to help kids in community

Hosted charity basketball game and gave backpacks
Posted at 1:05 AM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 14:01:48-04

The Wendale Davis Foundation and Bakersfield Police teamed up with celebrities at Bakersfield High today at Bakersfield High School to shoot hoops, collect school supplies and work to stop violence. 

Dejon Jernagin, President and Co-FOunder of the Man Up Foundation wanted to host an event in Bakersfield where kids in the community could come together have fun and meet local policeman.

"In Bakersfield we had a number of different things happen over the last six months, seven months and we got together and thought before school comes back, we would put together a basketball game bringing all the kids together in the community," Jernagin said.  "Giving them backpacks and school supplies and just doing something positive.  They've has so much negativity."

The first basketball game featured the Bakersfield Police Department against kids from Bakersfield High School.  The second game was a team representing the Wendale Davis Foundation, coached by foundation Vice President Wesley Davis III against team Man Up, coached by President and Co-Founder Dejon Jernagin.

BPD Sgt. Clayton Madden says in this violent time in our country and community of Bakersfield it is key for the local police department and the community to develop a relationship.

"We will continue to work hard both with the foundations and law enforcement to strengthen our relationship, so we can work on the issues that we're facing today," Sgt. Madden said.

"It's not about the basketball game, it's about getting the community together and bringing some of my friends out just to have a good time bringing the kids together and get them inspired to get ready to get back to school," Columbus Short said, actor from ABC's "Scandal" said.

Wesley Davis, Vice President of the Wendale Davis Foundation said three hundred backpacks were given out to kids at the charity game.