Organizers say the camp will teach the basics of the game, while helping to bond with law enforcement.
MACON, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT)- The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office reaches out to Macon youth by hosting a summer basketball camp for boys and girls.
The Police Athletic League, or PAL, is a program created to deter minors from committing crimes by offering mentorships. The organizers say the camp will teach the basics of the game, while helping to bond with law enforcement.
Kelvin Hammonds is the director of Mini Hoops basketball camp and a camp coach. He says having a camp like this will help kids feel more comfortable around law enforcement.
“Any time you see the police or the sheriff it’s an intimidating position, now it’s a friendly position so now they come into the gym…and they feel comfortable seeing them,” said said Hammonds.
Bibb County Sheriff‘s Office PAL coordinator Bill Square said he treats every child who comes through the camp as his own.
“But all the kids are my kids in this camp, I treat them all like my own and like I said it’s really positive to see them here and like I said if we could put 100 here , that would be nice,” Square said.
The camp takes place at the Rosa Jackson Recreation Center on Maynard Avenue in Macon.
Girls camp is happening this week. The boys’ camp is next week.