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Shoot Hoops Not Drugs with police and firefighters at Duneland YMCA

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Wednesdays at the Duneland Y is basketball day in the gym with members of the Chesterton police and fire departments.

On Wednesday, March 12, the activity was tagged "Shoot Hoops, Not Drugs" day as members of Chesterton's finest took to the court with area children to play a new form of the game.

Assisting youth to make the baskets that often times was too high for them, police and firefighters "gave them a boost," literally. They picked the kids up and boosted them onto their shoulders to help them make the baskets.

"It was such a great day, and the kids were having so much fun," said Emily Hoge, Membership Coordinator at the Y. "We're so glad we're able to partner with the Town of Chesterton to provide this opportunity. It was fun to see Chief Cinkoski smiling at all the antics on the court. The kids were cheering each other and their adult counterparts on. It was a great day at the Y!"

Youth between the ages of 11 and 17 are invited to stop by the Y and play a variety of court games with the police and firefighters, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Y membership is not required to participate, it's open to everyone - no questions asked. Programming includes dodge ball, kickball, basketball and flag football.

"Think of this program as the best possible way to challenge authority," said Police Chief David Cinkoski. "We love having this kind of interaction with area youth. It's nice to get to know them."

The Duneland Family YMCA, at 215 Roosevelt St., is a charitable nonprofit that focuses on youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility and is a United Way of Porter County Partner Agency.

For information contact Emily Hoge, Membership Coordinator at (219) 926 4204.


Posted 3/17/2014