JACKSON, Miss (WJTV) — The basketball league featuring the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi and the Jackson Police Department (JPD) will have its first game on Thursday, March 24.
The game will take place at 6:00 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 1450 West Capitol Street. The game is open to the public and admission will be $1.00 per person and free for children under five.
JPD executives and Jamye Horton, athletic director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, created the City of Jackson Youth Basketball League to keep children out of the streets.
“We want to let the community and the children know that the police are not your enemy. There are good police there,” Horton said. “We want to help build a better relationship between the police officer and the community, so that everyone can have a better relationship with each other.”
Many Jackson and community leaders believe the city should apply more activity resources to communities so there will be a better chance of reducing gun violence.
“Children are our future. We have to show them and let them lead the way because they are our future,” Horton said.
The Boys & Girls Club has three units in Jackson: the Walker Unit, the Capitol Unit, and the Sykes Unit, all of which have basketball teams, as well as JPD’s Police Athletic League (PAL) program. They are eager to expand their teams with 8 to 17 year olds.
If you would like to join Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi, click here.