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Englewood and North Lawndale Police Youth Baseball Leagues Compete in 1st Annual Police Youth Baseball League All-Star Game

On Saturday August 12th, 2017, the Englewood Police Youth Baseball League (EPYBL) and North Lawndale Police Youth Baseball League (NLPYBL) will participate in the 1st Annual Police Youth Baseball League All-Star Game. The game will be held at Curtis Granderson Stadium on the UIC campus, 901 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL 60608. Beginning at 12PM, there will be a press conference, singing of the national anthem, and Austin cheerleaders performance. The game will begin at 1:15PM.

 The EPYBL and NLPYBL started in April, with eight weeks of clinics, consisting of drills and practice. Late June and early July, respectively, marked the six-week season kickoff. The Police Youth Baseball League, funded by Getin Chicago, is intended to change the perception of the police in targeted neighborhoods where there exists a fractured relationship between the force and the community. In 2016, surveys of over 50 participants showed that youth improved their perceptions of police, and their own ability to make a difference in their communities.

 This is the third year of the EPYBL, and the second year for the NLPYBL. Teamwork Englewood and BBF Family Services (formerly Better Boys Foundation) have managed their respective programs for the past years. “We are extremely excited about this second season of the North Lawndale Police Youth Baseball League!  The interest and execution of everyone involved has grown substantially, the children are engaged and we see the rebuilding and strengthening of all aspects of our community evolving through this baseball league,” said BBF Family Services President & CEO, Rufus Williams.

Additional EPYBL partners are Stomping Out Drugs and Gangs, Chicago Police Athletic League, Forever Fitness Chicago, LLC, the Chicago Police Department District 007, Chicago Park District, and Cubs Charities. The Chicago Park District and Chicago Police Department are partners in the NLPYBL. In addition to mentoring and coaching, CPD has supplied support for practice equipment.

“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.”

For more information on Englewood Police Youth Baseball League, visit http://epybleague.com/ and http://teamworkenglewood.com/calendar for updates on game times and locations. For more information on the North Lawndale Police Youth Baseball League, visit https://www.facebook.com/nlpybl/ and http://www.bbffamilyservices.org/baseball/.

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