Cops Mentor Youths Through Baseball

Bob Roberts
July 05, 2018 - 9:44 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mother Nature smiled -- briefly -- Thursday on Opening Day of the Englewood Police District's summer youth baseball league.

District Cmdr. Kenneth Johnson said he had his doubts until the last minute.        

"Luckily there was a break in the weather," he said. 

Johnson pronounced the pomp, ceremony and baseball successes.       

"What I'm hoping for is a safer summer providing this and other outlets for our youth to enjoy this summer in our community and to give them a better hope and trust for the officers of the Englewood District," he said. 

More than 100 players are signed up, and there are officers at every game and every practice who can both mentor and give batting tips. Seventh District officers are assistant coaches on each of the league's teams.      

It's the third year for the Englewood summer league. Two other Chicago police districts have similar programs -- Harrison and Austin.