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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE* Englewood Youth Police Baseball League Opening

 

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Englewood Police Youth Baseball League (EPYBL) Opening Day 

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Englewood Police Youth Baseball League (EPYBL) will have its Opening Day Parade & Ceremony. The festivities will begin at 4pm at Hamilton Park Cultural Center 513 W. 72nd St. Chicago, IL 60621, including a press conference. This year, EPYBL boasts a league membership of 118 boys and girls, from ages 9 to 12. The coaches and mentors are current and retired Chicago Police Officers and members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. “We’re on our way to solving some of these problems in the community. And if we stick to it, there’s nothing we can’t do to stop violence” Marco Johnson, Founder of Stomping Out Drugs and Gangs Chicago Police Athletic League.

The league kicked off with clinics and drills on May 3rd. Practices and games are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Hamilton Park from 5pm-7pm. In addition to perfecting baseball drills, the players participate in mentoring and personal development workshops, covering topics such as goals and value setting, nutrition, and conflict resolution.

“Our police youth baseball leagues have shown promise in building community trust and empowering young people.  We are excited the initiative we launched three years ago in Englewood, continues to build support and expand,” said Dr. Toni Irving, Executive Director of Get IN Chicago.  “These young people are gaining more than just baseball skills; they are also cultivating positive connections who will mentor and support them this summer and beyond.  The police youth baseball collaborative has the potential to create positive ripples throughout Englewood for years to come.”

 

Teamwork Englewood and Forever Fitness Chicago, LLC established and manages the league in the community. Get IN Chicago funds Englewood Police Youth Baseball League and additional support is provided by Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Park District. The Chicago Police Department District 007 and Cubs Charities have played an integral role in supporting EPYBL. In addition to mentoring and coaching, they have supplied support for practice equipment.

“Over the years, what I’ve noticed about the players is the thrill of participating in the program. We have some youth that started three years ago, and they’re still with us. When they see me, they look forward to giving me a high five. The coaches and support team serve as consistent adults in the participants’ lives. This opportunity allows them to be boys and girls for the summer.” Jermont Montgomery, EPYBL Program Manager. 

For more information on Englewood Police Youth Baseball League, please visit http://epybleague.com/ and http://teamworkenglewood.com/calendar for updates on game times and locations.

For questions, please call Nicole Johnson at (773)488.6600 or njohnson@teamworkenglewood.org. 

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