An Omaha church used basketball to raise hope by hosting a basketball tournament on Saturday.
Eight teams signed up for the competition at Elevation Church at 20th and Burdette streets. It didn't cost to play in the three-on-three games, but the church did require all players to attend a worship service earlier in the day.
The church says spreading its message this way will make a positive impact on the city. "Because of all of the crime and all the things you hear about going on in north Omaha, the negativity, I really think that there's a lack of hope and so I wanted to inspire them with the most powerful message I know and that's the gospel,” said the church’s Joshua Eggerson.
First place winners took home $450, second place $150.