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