Halifax District RCMP and HRP are spending time with Halifax area youth, and the atmosphere is electric.
Home Run! Halifax District RCMP hit it out of the park today by hosting a one-day TrySport baseball clinic for youth between the ages of 5 and 15.
“In 2011, the Preston RCMP Detachment developed the TrySport Program and each summer it has exposed youth in the community to sports such as: football, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. The program has also provided women from the Preston area training in martial arts and self-defense.
Baseball Nova Scotia, RCMP members and local community baseball all-stars lead the one-day clinic and impart valuable skills necessary to participate in the game of baseball.
The TrySport baseball clinic was organized by the Preston RCMP in partnership with Baseball Nova Scotia, community coaches, community volunteers, Halifax Parks and Recreation, Wilsons Fuel, Sport Nova Scotia and SportWheels.”
Nearly 50 enthusiastic youth took to the field to show off their skills or to learn a whole new sport. A BBQ lunch was fired up for the participants before an end-of-event full game, where everyone was guaranteed a hit.
Participants come from Preston and surrounding area. RCMP contact the community with advance notice of the upcoming events.
“HRP School Resource Officers and Community Response Officers selected 30 campers, 9 to 13 years of age, to participate. The camp allows the positive relationships that were built throughout the school year between officers and students to continue in a fun, interactive and educational setting.”
“Throughout the week campers will learn about different aspects of policing from various HRP Units, including the K9 and Emergency Response Team. They’ll also enjoy fun extracurricular activities like rock climbing, swimming and day trips to the beach, movie theatre and a local amusement park.”
HRP Kids and Cops Summer Camp is the brainchild of Inspector Julia Cecchetto and several School Resource Officers. “Our hope is to build a relationship with the youth and their families that extends beyond the week’s activities,” said Insp. Cecchetto. “Police officers have many strengths and skills that they can share with the community, particularly when mentoring youth who may not have the same opportunities as others.”
15 HRP helped at today’s event, where sun and sand opened up a whole world on fun and interaction between the youth and police.
Both events are free to the participants, allowing unrestricted participation. And the common answer given by everyone involved when asked what they think of the event is an enthusiastic “FUN
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