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Basketball Academy helping Cleveland's youth go to college has been broken into for the second time

Posted at 10:27 PM, Oct 18, 2017

Bob Nance’s basketball coaching has helped send hundreds of Cleveland youth to college through his Bob Nance Basketball Academy.

He purchased a vacant church, Saint Philip Neri, for $1 in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood three years ago and has been overhauling the building, gradually turning the old sanctuary into a basketball court.

Just days ago, he received a call.

“They said, Bob, your building is wide open,” said Nance.

Someone had broken in for the second time.

“Anyone who messes with God’s work is in trouble anyway. I don’t know who did this, why they did this, but it isn’t going to stop me from doing what I do,” said Nance.

Whoever broke in poured oil on the court. They also broke piping in the church, which has caused flooding. Basketball goals were shattered; so was stained glass.

“Long as you’ve got God on your side, you’ve got a chance,” said Nance. “He doesn’t give you nothing you can’t handle.”

Nance said repairs would have cost $200,000 before vandals struck, but now he estimates costs of $300,000.