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Last Dream Team game of the year! Friday, June 19 at 7PM College Park Community Center

Dream Team Flyer2015 Sonia Chasev1At 7PM Friday , June 19 law enforcement officials from the University of Maryland Department of Public Safety (UMPD), Prince Georgeʼs County Police Department (PGPD), and Maryland-National Capital Park Police will team up with local youth for a basketball tournament at the College Park Community Center (5051 Pierce Ave. in College Park) as the feature event for the Centerʼs popular Extreme Teens program. The first game will feature community youth playing alongside police officers on mixed teams.

During the event, PGPD COPS Officer Jaron Black and UMPD Lieutenant August Kenner will address youth on law enforcement-related topics. The halftime show will feature giveaways and skill drills for youth of all ages. The game will also feature a guest appearance by Sonia Chase, UMD alumni, former WNBA player and CEO of Chase Your Dreams Inc. a basketball instruction company that helps players to develop elite basketball skills and prepare them for next-level opportunities!

The event is part of a series of basketball games that takes place quarterly. The CP Dream Team program, designed to decrease crime by encouraging youth to engage in positive behaviors through mentoring and education from police officers.

The C.P. Dream Team has benefitted in its design and implementation from the support of former Assistant Chief of Police for Prince George’s County Police Department Kevin Davis and Chief of Police of UMD Public Safety Department, David Mitchell. These games have been possible thru the collaboration from the leadership of the participating law enforcement agencies, Park & Recreation, as well as from the leaders in College Parkʼs Lakeland neighborhood where the Dream Team’s target population resides. The program was designed by four law enforcement officials with experience in community/police basketball programs at the core of the Dream Team’s planning committee.

Event sponsors include the Embry Center for Family Life, a community-based non-profit housed in Lakeland, the Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland Department of Public Safety, Maryland Athletics, the Prince Georgeʼs County Police Department, Maryland National Capital Park Police, and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

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