by Lauren Morrissey, Gannon Scholar Intern from Loyola University

Get IN Chicago is proud to announce that the Police/Youth Baseball Leagues are returning for summer 2018. This unique program will serve 300 youth ages 9-12 in the Austin, North Lawndale and Englewood neighborhoods. The Police/Youth Baseball Leagues blend summer fun with a purpose much bigger than a game of baseball: instilling trust between youth and law enforcement.

Three organizations are receiving Get IN Chicago grants to coordinate the 2018 leagues: Westside Health Authority, BBF Family Services, and Teamwork Englewood.  Participation is offered at no cost to youth.  Each team is coached by a group that includes an active or retired officer from the Chicago Police Department or Illinois State Police, mentors, and local volunteers.

In addition to honing their baseball fundamentals, youth participants will grow their leadership and interpersonal skills, learn about conflict resolution and behavioral regulation, and practice restorative justice.  Participants will also have fun field trips to White Sox and Cubs games this summer.

Youth in the baseball bullpen with coaches and police officers

“Get IN Chicago is pleased to see the Police/Youth baseball leagues become an established part of the communities they serve,” said Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director at Get IN Chicago. “The positive impacts of this program are vast – not only with baseball, but also in creating greater opportunity to find common ground for our youth and law enforcement. The engagement of residents and families has been an added bonus.”

Through a partnership with the Chicago Park District, games and practices will be held in Franklin Park, Columbus Park, and Hamilton Park.

 

Registration is now open – sign up at the links below:
Austin
Englewood
North Lawndale