LORAIN — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland, listened intently as boys and young men shared stories of struggling to make their lives better in a society that tends to hold them back during the second annual My Brother’s Keeper summit at the Lost Nation Sports Park West.

After Brown heard the youths’ stories, it was time to have a little fun.

Wearing a suit and tie, Brown walked toward the young men on the basketball court.

At first, Brown shook hands with the men and welcomed them to the event. Moments later, he shed his suit coat and grabbed the basketball.

It was time for Brown to show the young men a thing or two about the game.

My Brother’s Keeper is a program started in September 2014 by President Barack Obama to urge cities to find ways to improve the outcomes of young men.

On Friday, Brown joined Michael Smith, special assistant to the president of the United States and senior director of Cabinet Affairs for the organization at the White House, to highlight ways to prepare students for college and careers.

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