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Bibles & Balls Offers Life Lessons

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LEEDS, AL -

"Amen, if God has been good to you, give me three claps," Bethlehem Baptist Church Pastor Samuel Dansby barked at his students.

Dansby starts every "Bibles & Balls" session with prayer and his clapping-listening technique.

"If you can't listen, you can't do well in life," Dansby saud.  "Getting them to listen at this level... that's just a technique I developed that works everywhere I go."

Dansby is also a retired teacher and coach.  He founded "Bibles & Balls" in 1989, a faith based ministry that focuses on athletics.

"It's a good way for me to share the gospel," Dansby said.  "If I bring that ball out, kids come from everywhere.  It's really the bait.   All I need to speak to athletes about spiritual."

Dansby's number on rule, no bible, no ball.

"Once I open this gym for basketball, kids come off the street 'cause they don't have anything to do," Dansby said.  "They come in, I engage all of them.  

"Older kids are looking for a place to go. Someone to talk to them about serious things and someone is not afraid of them," Dansby added.

He holds the program in the Moton Community Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Leeds.  He says on average he gets 75 kids a day.

"Coach teach us to stay out of trouble, keep our grades up," Andre Davis, 13, said.  "When we got nowhere else to go, coach opens the gym.   He'll let us play and stuff like that."

Danby's students say that he teaches them to be the best they can be.

"If they hear me out, then they can share anything else I have to give.   My main thing is to share Jesus Christ with them," Dansby said.

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