The Brevard Prevention Coalition brought streetball heat to Viera High School, where the world-renowned Court Kingz played The Enforcers, the Brevard County Sheriff’s team, with the Kingz taking home the win (132-87) with impressive basketball moves.

Brevard Prevention Coalition is a nonprofit organization whose focus is to reduce substance abuse among youth and help to promote positive life choice in the community.

Court Kingz is also a nonprofit that works to impact youth with a solid Christian message and help other nonprofit organizations with fundraising.

The Dec. 12 event in Viera featured Grayson Boucher, “The Professor,” who told the crowd at the game that through a purpose-driven life, with tenacity and resolution, the youth of the community have many choices ahead of them. The hope is that they make the right choice.

The game also was a tribute to the Kingz general manager Simon Martinez, who passed away from COVID-19 complications in October 2021. He was the brother of Victor Martinez, the founder of the organization.

“We’ve partnered with the Kingz, also a nonprofit, to bring awareness to the youth in our community and were honored to have hosted them here in Viera for such a special event,” said Stanley Brizz, the executive director of BPC.

“With the ‘I Choose ME’ empowerment and prevention initiative, we hope to make Brevard County a safe and friendly place to live and play. We were thrilled we had someone of Grayson’s caliber delivering our message to Brevard’s young community.”

The BPC drives diverse school-based prevention programs to build a substance abuse free community and demonstrate there are choices to creatively prevent addiction and overdoses.

The game was one of the varied outreach programs brought by the BPC to empower and inform young kids of the many ways to fight substance abuse and improve mental health in Brevard County. Their aim is to highlight a positive career path, no matter what life circumstances or upbringing they’ve endured.

“Intrinsically, it’s natural for young people not to listen to adults,” Brizz said. “‘Just Say No’ isn’t enough anymore with a socially and economically distressed landscape where kids are continually turning to drugs, alcohol and addiction. With ‘I Choose ME,’ we hope to make an impact.”

Their initiatives support the involvement of law enforcement which strengthens the efforts among nonprofit organizations, government agencies and businesses to empower long-term improvement in the battle against substance abuse.

“By having these kids watch The Enforcers play ball with a team like the Kingz, it creates a less negative impact on law enforcement and humanizes them in the eyes of our young community,” Brizz said.

For more information on BPC, visit brevardprevention.org