Youth Engagement


Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox, visited the Richmond Police Athletic League's Summer Camp at SCOR Sports Center of Richmond

 

After the Indianapolis Colts hired Frank Reich as coach in February, one of the changes Reich made at the Colts’ facility was the installation of a basketball hoop in the team room.

The addition seems like something right up Mo Alie-Cox’s alley. The former VCU basketball star turned tight end is in his second year with the Colts.

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Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox, visited the Richmond Police Athletic League's Summer Camp at SCOR Sports Center of Richmond

 

RICHMOND, Va. -- Former VCU Basketball Star and recently signed Colts player, Mo-Alie Cox spent his Thursday morning inspiring kids at a summer camp.

The camp is called 'PAL' -- which stands for Police Athletic League. Sports Director Perry Barber said there are about 155 students enrolled in the Summer program. He said the goal is to break down barriers between police and children, and expose kids to professional role models.

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Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox, visited the Richmond Police Athletic League's Summer Camp at SCOR Sports Center of Richmond

 

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former VCU basketball star, now a professional football player, returned to Richmond Thursday to talk to campers at the Richmond Police Athletic League (PAL).

These kids are excited for the camp and ready to take on the summer.

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Richmond Police work overtime to be PALs (Soure: CBS 6)

 

RICHMOND, Va. -- In his 16 years as director of the Richmond Police Athletic League, Perry Barber isn't in his uniform a lot.

At least not around the kids with whom he works on a weekly basis. They get used to seeing him as a civilian....and get caught off guard when reminded of his day job.

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The Boys in Blue program pairs children with Richmond police officers to spend time each week together. (Source: NBC12)

 

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond police officers are building unique bonds with young boys through a new mentor program called Boys in Blue.

Teachers at Swansboro Elementary School chose 16 boys in third through fifth grade for the program. The children are paired with RPD officers and spend time each week together.

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Eric English, a former UR player, has been officiating high school basketball games for 15 years.

 

The 1988-89 Richmond basketball team started Ken Atkinson, now the coach of the Brooklyn Nets, Mike Winiecki, a college assistant for decades who is now the associate head coach of the Lakeland Magic of the NBA’s G League, and Benjy Taylor, also a long-time college coach currently on the staff at California State, Bakersfield.

Eric English, a senior starter on that Spiders NIT team, stayed in basketball another way, as an official. He has been calling high school games for 15 years.

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The Richmond Police Department is taking a proactive approach to policing by getting at risk youth off the streets and on the field through the Richmond Police Athletic League or PAL.

 

The Richmond Police Department is taking a proactive approach to policing by getting at risk youth off the streets and on the field through the Richmond Police Athletic League or PAL.

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Legacy Chess Academy serves youth in Richmond and is aiming to serve more schools and organizations in the surrounding region.

 

In a Henderson Middle School classroom, dozens of Richmond children between the ages of 12 and 14 are paired off, each huddled over chess boards and playing intensely.

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Kyle Jacobs had a bias against anyone connected with law enforcement.

 

Kyle Jacobs had a bias against anyone connected with law enforcement.

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Using art to transform juvenile justice system

 

To transform the juvenile justice system, Mark Strandquist, who graduated in 2013 with a major in photography and film from the VCU School of the Arts and a minor in sociology, created Performing Statistics, a project that connects incarcerated children and teens with artists, designers, educators and Virginia’s leading policy advocates to help tell their story and give it a human face.

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Congrats to the 2016 NFL FLAG SUPER PAL BOWL IV CHAMPIONS: Lucille Brown Redskins

 

Congrats to the 2016 NFL FLAG SUPER PAL BOWL IV CHAMPIONS: Lucille Brown Redskins, who defeated Thompson Elkhardt Panthers 18-16 last Saturday.

The game was very exciting and came down to a failed two point conversion.

Special thanks to Officers Virgil Burton, Wayne Cole, Keir Hinton, Ron May, Joy Norwood, Junie Harrison , Willie Ruffin, Trishonda Chasteen ,VCU Officer Cecil Powell and Mr. Donald Cook.

Your effort and leadership has touched many.

This year every Richmond Middle School participated and the competition was tremendous.

The Richmond PAL lacrosse league started in 2004 with about 30 kids participating.

 

The Richmond PAL lacrosse league started in 2004 with about 30 kids participating. To date there are about 200 boys and girls registered in the winter league for 2016. It is a major fundraiser for PAL usually generating around $15,000 to help with summer camp expenses. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States and our numbers have grown tremendously over the years.

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Richmond Young Adult Police Commission president, Trei Young (left), and vice-president, De'Shawn Edwards. Both are seniors at Armstrong High School

 

The first meeting of this school year’s Richmond Young Adult Police Commission takes place on the Virginia Union University campus, in a police academy classroom dominated by a large projector screen and a constellation of Richmond Police Department brass.
 

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