Englewood Police Youth Baseball League Kicks Off 5th Season

Andy Dahn
June 28, 2019 - 8:36 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Cubs and White Sox have some new competition now that a league of youngsters have kicked off another baseball season on Chicago's South Side.

The Englewood Police Youth Baseball League is now in its fifth season.

"We just make sure we're getting the kids off the street and into this safe haven where it's nothing, but positive role models," said Marco Johnson, one of the league's founders. "It just gives the kids another avenue and another thing to listen to instead of negativity."

Brittany Wilson jumped at the opportunity to get her 8-year-old son involved.

"I think it's very important to have a safe outlet for your children," Wilson said. "Just to make sure they're not hanging out on the street and getting into trouble."

She said her son has quickly fallen in love with the game.

"He talks about the professional players sometimes, saying they can't hit the ball. He's very judgmental now."

A retired Chicago Police officer, Marco Johnson said that passion is what the league is all about.

"Sports got me involved and out of the gang situations," he said. "It made me really successful. So when I see it happening with other kids, it's a feeling of euphoria."

Teams will play ball every Tuesday and Thursday night at Hamilton Park through August.