The Sunshine Children’s home located in Andover held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open their new basketball court on Thursday afternoon. The children’s home is a temporary emergency shelter, and the children that are in the home are in police protective custody. They have been removed from their home and are there for about four to five days. The home’s services are primarily for children who reside in the 13th judicial district, comprised of Butler, Elk, and Greenwood counties.

“before, we just had the playground and there was nothing for the older kids to do” said Suzi Thien, Executive Direcotr of Sunlight Children’s Advocacy and Rights Foundation.

“It’s a long day here, the kids are here 24/7. It provides an opportunity for them to enjoy themselves and also get some physical activity and do some things to take their mind off of things.”

The new court was made possible thanks to donations from the Andover YMCA, the Andover Rotary Club, Kice Industries, APAC Kansas, Academy Sports, Ace Hardware, and Beran Concrete, Inc. Refreshments for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were provided by the Andover Rotary Club.