BRANDYWINE, Md. (WDVM) — Local leaders in Prince George’s County are coming collectively to search out new methods to cease the crime surge. On Friday, the Council Vice Chair joined with two native organizations to host a basketball match between first responders and younger males in the neighborhood.
The occasion was known as “Hoops Up, Crime Down.” The function was to construct a stronger bond on the streets between legislation enforcement and younger folks in the neighborhood.
Prince George’s County Council Vice Chair, Sydney Harrison, stated, “How do we bridge the gap between our public safety sector and the community? How do we show we are more alike than different?”
The basketball match was solely a part of the occasion. There was additionally a dialog began about constructing belief in the neighborhood. Young E Class, an area man who was incarcerated at 15-years-old, spoke earlier than the sport began.
He stated, “We need to get that communication back because we are our community. We have to take care of ourselves, and they are the first responders for our community, so that communication has to be open every chance.”
E Class stated he needs there have been occasions like this when he was rising up, and thinks it’s a nice thought for leaders to place collectively throughout the DMV.
He stated, “Basketball is relatable across the board, so it gives them a chance to lock in on each other. So, when they go back into the community, if something were to happen, they might remember each other off the court and that could lessen any of the energy in the air.”
Our Sons Rise and 4ever United, two native non-profits, acquired the 2 groups collectively for the match.
Crystal Hollingsworth, the founding father of Our Sons Rise, stated, “Tonight isn’t going to be a cure all, but we know it is one step in the right direction of healing our community and giving a semblance of trust.”
Hollingsworth and Lisa Thomas-Price, President and Co-founder of 4ever Unified, agree that the younger males will belief their expertise on the court docket and share with their mates, opening communication for what occurs off the court docket.
Thomas-Price stated, “This is what it takes. Sometimes it takes one for someone to hold hands, hold hands, hold hands until you have a big circle and we’re just in unity.”
After placing up a troublesome combat, the primary responders crew misplaced to the all stars, 95 to 69.