Teen boys from the Boys & Girls Club of Dayton, along with officers from the Dayton Police Department, spent an afternoon on the basketball court building up community and discussing the dangers of gun violence.
Seniors Jaime Cambron, Jacob Johns, and Jimmy Wittman brought the groups together for a basketball tournament with a purpose on Saturday, February 18 for their Senior Capstone Project.
"We all come from the city of Dayton and all have family members in law enforcement so that played a huge part in why we chose gun violence," Johns said. "We want to make the community safer."
The seniors spoke with members of the Dayton Police Department to recruit officers to attend the event. One of those officers was Jermar Rayford '10.
Five groups consisting of the officers and teens played in the double elimination tournament. Four teams played at a time until the final game. When a team wasn't playing, the officers in that team talked to the teens about the dangers of guns in hopes to curb gun violence.
"The topic of teen gun violence is prevalent in the world today," noted the Senior Capstone Group's mentor, Kary Ellen Berger. "The group came up with a creative way to bring teens together with the officers and created an event with a lasting impact."
At the end of the tournament, the teens and officers enjoyed pizza, drinks and desserts.
"Overall, this project changed me a lot because I got to help kids learn about the police and trust them too," Cambron reflected.
Wittman agreed, "I think the kids took away the opportunity to get to know the police officers better."
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Watch WKEF/WRGT's report about this Senior Capstone Project.
Posted February 22, 2017