As area schools are enjoying some time off during spring break, many students hit the hardwood for their own version of “March Madness.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay teamed up with local police officers for the annual Bring Your Own 5 basketball games.
“I thought this would be a great chance to bring everybody together, especially the police and the kids so that they can know that police are just like them,” said Sharon Harper, the creator of the event.
Harper started the event four years ago. She says the game of basketball teaches kids core values such as good sportsmanship, team building, and leadership.
Capt. Kevin Warych of the Green Bay Police Department added, “When it comes down to it, you get to learn about these kid’s lives, and you get to play basketball.”
GBPD says it’s all about immersing themselves within the community.
According to Capt. Warych, “This has nothing to do with basketball, this is all about developing these relationships with these kids so they’re not afraid of the police, they don’t look at the police as being a bad thing.”
The officers always appreciate the time they spend with the kids in the community, because it’s their chance to form relationships that could last a life time.
“It’s all about unity, and the community.” said Harper. “Everybody of every color, we don’t care, we just want everybody to be involved.”
Bring Your Own 5 also hosts games outside in the summer. This is the third year the event was held during spring break.