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Cop Offers Free Sneakers-If You Can Beat Him

Officer Hanks says he'll buy you new shoes if you beat him in basketball. If you lose, you owe him push-ups.


Syracuse is a town known for its basketball--but the latest social media star is playing in the park, not the Carrier Dome!

Syracuse Police Officer Brandon Hanks is challenging local kids to a game of one-on-one, with some pretty high stakes. Beat him, and Officer Hanks will buy you a new pair of shoes. But if he wins, you owe him pushups.

He posted the challenge of Facebook, writing: "I PLAY ONE ON ONE...FIRST PERSON TO SCORE WINS !!! YOU LOSE YOU DO PUSH-UPS ...IF YOU WIN I'LL PERSONALLY BUY YOU A NEW PAIR OF SNEAKERS !!! SPREAD THE WORD !!!! DROP A LOCATION AND IM PULLING UP !!!!! THIS IS TOO EASY !!!!!!"

Video credit Brandon Hanks on Facebook .

And as you can see by the video he shared, nobody has beaten Officer Hanks yet! And while his young opponents are in basketball shorts, Hanks is his full uniform and weighed down by his equipment!

The video has been viewed nearly 35,000 times on Facebook (as of Monday afternoon.)

According to Syracuse.com, Officer Hanks grew up in the area and played on a championship-winning team in high school. He then played at SUNY Morrisville State College, where he earned his degree in criminal justice. He's been a police officer in Syracuse since 2016 .

In an interview with The Stand last year, Officer Hanks says he wants to be a role model in his community .

"I want to be the person anyone can come to," Hanks told The Stand. "I want people to say, "Let's go ask Hanks. And the rest of the department? Those are Hanks' boys. We can go to them, too."

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