Bridging the Gap: Using Sports to Build Trust with Local Law Enforcement   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "As the weeks of nationwide violence that occurred in 2020 showed, in order to build a better future our communities need to be able to trust all levels of law enforcement. What better tool than sports to bring together law enforcement and youth in a positive setting? Building and maintaining this relationship may contribute to increasing trust and strengthening community bonds: both components of community policing. We want to get local law enforcement and youth on a level playing (and learning) field--literally. Nancy Lieberman Charities has opened 92 Dream Courts, which serve more than 4.2 million children each year. These state-of-the-art play spaces serve as a mechanism for youth to be physically active, build friends, learn teamwork, and form new relationships. The outdoor basketball courts also function as tools for educational programming. Studies that have examined the relationship between family income and children's physical activity have demonstrated that children living in poverty have limited access to the recourse of play. The ultimate goal of the Nancy Lieberman Charities Dream Court program is to provide a safe play space for underserved children across the United States."

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