LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A group of children and teens eagerly awaited the opportunity to show off their dribbling skills and three-point shot to family and LMPD officers at basketball games youth from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
There’s nothing like playing basketball for 11-year-old West End School student Calvin Guy.
“My dad used to tell me to be aggressive, that’s all, and use the backboard,” Guy said after the first game.
The rest of Guy’s family rooted for him at the Creation Center on Portland Avenue.
It was all part of the Louisville Metro Police Activities League, also known as PAL.
Whether it’s basketball or another activity, the goal is to connect local police officers with children and teens for mentorship purposes.
Jason Scrubb, who helped coordinate the basketball event, said diversity and mentorship “add more substance to your program, add another longevity to your program, and you also want to reach as many kids as It’s a free resource that we have.
The LMPD reported a total of 188 homicides last year. Of the 583 victims with gunshot wounds, 123 were 17 and under and 24 of them died from their injuries.
Scrubb knows only too well the impact on young and impressionable minds.
“I come from the West Louisville community,” Scrubb said. “I know a lot about what’s going on there and I’m still here, and I understand that when you’re dealing with adults it’s quite difficult to change your mentality, but when you start with the kids you You can nurture a lot, you can teach them a lot and instill in them a lot.
Another organizer says children who signed up and participated are learning lessons on and off the pitch.
“I struggled in the first half and the second half and then I started playing in the third and fourth,” said Guy, who is certainly finding his way on the pitch and using that mentorship as the one of its headlights.
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