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Midnight Hoops event scheduled for today

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The annual Midnight Hoops event, where teams of children can enjoy shooting hoops with police officers, firefighters and others, is set for today.

But the event will be held earlier than midnight — it is set for 2 p.m. at Ryan High School, 5101 E. McKinney St. It will feature the official mascots of the Dallas Mavericks — Mavs Man and Champ — along with the Dallas Mavericks Street Team.

Admission is free. In addition to a basketball tournament, the event will include a job fair, health fair, safety fair and free chair massages.

The event started in 1999 and is designed to give middle and high school students something fun, safe, educational and rewarding to do, according to Denton police Officer Cleopatra Birckbichler. Since then, the event has continued to grow each year, officials said.