FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 3, 2022
Media Contact: Angel Waldron, 301-446-3311
Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County to Host
Community Engagement Basketball Tournament
‘Hoops Up, Crime Down’ Partnership with Councilman Sydney Harrison, Our Sons Rise, and 4Ever Unified
Riverdale, MD – The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the M-NCPPC, is proud to host the Inaugural Hoops Up, Crime Down event at its Southern Area Aquatics and Recreation Complex in Brandywine, MD.
Taking place on Friday May 13 from 6 - 9pm, the event will feature a basketball tournament of county first responders v/s local athletes, a live performance by the DC Vybe band, food, drinks, a DJ, and giveaways. The purpose of Hoops Up, Crime Down is to help change the cultural narrative that misrepresents communities of color and law enforcement. The event is taking a multi-pronged approach to build stronger neighborhoods and connections between residents and first responders.
“As we move into warmer months, we realize the importance of providing teenagers and young adults with safe and enjoyable events and activities,” states The Honorable Sydney Harrison, Vice-Chair of the Prince George’s County Council. “The Council District 9 team appreciates the great partners who are coming together to make this event a reality. We encourage the entire community to come out and enjoy.”
Due to other serious issues residents are facing, event coordinators will also offer resources including mental health and addiction services, employment and trade opportunities, domestic violence support, and more. Hoops Up, Crime Down is a free event. For more information, contact Crystal Hollingsworth at 240-595-1262.
About the Department
The M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation delivers an award-winning park system through progressive, innovative leadership and a commitment to the community and the environment in Prince George’s County. For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.
About Councilman Harrison
The Honorable Sydney J. Harrison was elected to his first four-year term on the Prince George’s County Council in the November 2018 General Election. A lifelong resident of his community, Council Member Harrison represents District 9 and has been appointed to chair the Education and Workforce Development Committee and is a member of the Health, Human Services and Public Safety Committee.
About Our Sons Rise
Our Sons Rise, Inc. (OSR) was established as a nonprofit organization to address barriers faced by young Black men within Prince George’s County. The organization is an extension of decades of advocacy and outreach provided by lifelong Prince George’s County resident, founder Crystal Hollingsworth. OSR’s fight against racial and ethnic disparities became more critical after research identified Maryland as the #1 state in the nation that incarcerates Black men between the ages of 18-24.
About 4Ever Unified
4Ever Unified Is a 501c3 (nonprofit) established to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community. 4Ever Unified proactively sponsors community festival and anti-crime walks, award presentations, appreciation events, holiday toys distribution, as well as a host of other events. The organization’s founders Lisa Thomas-Price, police Corporals John Diggs, Terry Gordon, and Wayne Thomas are focused and dedicated to their mission of helping to make a difference, in the lives of the community, throughout Prince George’s County.