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My Brotherís Keeper Basketball Plus

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City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 05-21-2015

            Akron, Ohio (May 20, 2015) - Last year, Mayor Plusquellic committed to participating in President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Communities Challenges.  MBK Community Challenges requires participating cities to execute a plan of action with community input, in order to provide expanded opportunities for Akron’s young men of color.  Opportunities that teach team-building, provide social services, motivate through mentoring and coaching, and that also link young men to a network of local resources so that they can succeed in school and in life.

            In accordance with MBK’s mission, the City of Akron has created the My Brother’s Keeper Basketball Plus Program.  MBK Basketball Plus is a free summer program that will provide young men with are recreational, informational, and skill building activities.  

            “The committee that recommended this basketball program wanted to provide something extra this summer for our young men that is interesting to them, that keeps them physically active, that allows for spirited competition, and that will help build lifelong skills,” noted Mayor Don Plusquellic.  “This is a way to providing young men with social services, role models, and mentors, in a fun, safe, and sports-oriented environment.”  

            MBK Basketball Plus will enroll at NO COST to the participants (enrollment available to the first 100 kids and first 100 adults.)  The MBK Basketball season starts June 8th, and runs through July 16th.  Adult games (ages 18-30) will be played on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 6:00 pm. Young Adults (ages 13-17) games will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 6:00 pm.   All games will be played at Mason Park community Center, 700 E. Exchange Street, Akron.

            Registration will be held at all of the City of Akron Recreation Department’s Community Centers. Last day for sign-ups is May 29th, 2015.  For more information please contact Audley McGill at 330-375-2821 or Pat Littlejohn at 330-375-2826.

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For further information, contact:
stephanie york
communications director
Phone: 330-375-2345
E-mail: [email protected]

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