Building relationships by using the game of baseball
Atlanta, Georgia – These past few years have been very difficult between Black communities and police departments across the nation. Because of frequent publicized violent altercations between Blacks and police officers, there has been a greater strain than ever between the two. But there has been a strain much greater that is often overlooked, and its the relationship between young Black children and police officers.
The Associated Press conducted a study and released the following statement, “The Associated Press looked at more than 3,000 incidents of kids being handled forcibly by police, and more than half of the children were Black despite the fact that they make up just 15% of the child population in the country.”
Atlanta’s L.E.A.D. (Launch, Expose, Advise, Direct) is on a mission to empower an at-risk generation to lead and transform their city of Atlanta by using the sport of baseball to teach Black boys how to overcome three curveballs that threaten their success: crime, poverty, and racism. L.E.A.D.’s vision is to develop Black boys into Ambassadors who will lead their City of Atlanta to lead the world.
On Saturday, August 5th, L.E.A.D. will be hosting its 9th Annual Safe At Home Game. L.E.A.D.’s ambassadors will be playing against police officers of the Georgia Tech Police Department, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and the Atlanta Police Department.
The game will be presented by L.E.A.D. and APIVEO, and the game will take place at Georgia Tech’s Russ Chandler Stadium Atlanta, GA 30308 at 11 am. If you are interested in attending. Please log on to Eventbrite for free tickets.