For Immediate Release
Game On! Local Pastor Uses Basketball to Break Barriers Between Community and Law Enforcement
InTouch Community Basketball Tournament Connects Community on Common Ground. Newport News Police, Sheriff, and Fire Departments, Along With local Youth Basketball Teams, Meet, Greet, and Compete For A Common Cause–Unity!
Newport News, June 1, 2017: A recent study by the Pew Research Center reveals that only about one-third (36%) of the American public says they have a lot of confidence in their police department. Officers, however, want to see a change. Seven-in-ten (72%) officers say it is very important for an officer to have detailed knowledge of the people, places and culture in the areas where they work
Dr. Willard Maxwell, Jr. has partnered with the Newport News Police Foundation, Ferguson, Patrick Henry Mall, Newport News Parks and Rec, Newport News Youth Gang and Violence Prevention, New Beech Grove Baptist Church Community Development Center, Coalition of Concerned Clergy, The Virginia Unity Project, and a host of elected officials, community leaders, and business owners to bridge the gap between local law enforcement and the community in which they serve.
As a local Pastor who also serves as a volunteer Police Chaplain, Dr. Willard Maxwell, Jr. has witnessed first hand the devastation this tension and distrust has had on the community. “My vision is to ensure at least one positive interaction between law enforcement and the community,” says Maxwell, “with the hopes that this [the tournament] can begin to ease tension, eliminate stereotypical views and serve as a breeding ground for unity among each group.”
Beginning June 23, 2017 at 9:30 AM, the InTouch Basketball Tournament will consist of three tournaments held in various Newport News Communities to include the South, North, and Central precincts. The tournament will culminate on August 4, 2017 with a championship game and other festivities.
Tournament dates and locations are as follows:
South Precinct – June 23, 2017 9:30AM-4PM
Achievable Dream Tennis Center
1300 Ivy Avenue
Newport News, VA 23607
North Precinct – July 14, 2017 9AM-5PM
Denbigh Community Center
15198 Warwick Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23608
Central Precinct – July 28, 2017 9AM-5PM
Brittingham Midtown Community Center
570 McLawhorne Drive
Newport News, VA 23601
To register your team, volunteer or donate to this worthwhile cause, visit https://www.newbeechgrove.org/ or contact Roxann Norman at (757) 928-5088 for more information.