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Creating Opportunities for Young People Across New York City

More than 100 basketball courts and soccer fields are being revitalized and transformed across New York City as a gift to children from law enforcement, and the new play areas will be opening during the Spring and Summer of 2021.  This program is organized by the City of New York Police Department in collaboration with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.  Charity partners include First Responders Children’s Foundation, House of Mandela Family Foundation and New York City Police Foundation.

“100 basketball courts and soccer fields in housing projects are being transformed, and that sends a clear message to the children of New York City that law enforcement values them” said Susan Birnbaum, President & CEO of NYC Police Foundation.  “The NYPD is demonstrating to the children of New York that law enforcement is committed to their pursuit of happiness – not just with magnificent, new basketball courts and soccer fields, but also with sports equipment to use and enjoy.”

“We’re reinvesting in parks and playgrounds across 77 Precincts and 9 Public Service Areas simultaneously to facilitate safe spaces for our children” said Kweku Mandela of House of Mandela.  “NYPD officers will welcome children to new play areas and give them free sports equipment to help them enjoy the Summer after a difficult pandemic Winter.”

“This is a slam dunk for community policing” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.  “Children are New York City’s most valuable asset, and we want our children to have the best-equipped backyards in America.  We’re showing our children that we value them, and we’re providing law enforcement officers across the City with basketballs, soccer balls, and other sports equipment to give to the children in their communities so everyone can enjoy these magnificent, new play areas.”

Heartfelt thanks are extended to the following foundations for donations:  the Cal Ripkin Foundation, CC Sabathia’s PitCCh In Foundation, Toys for Tots and Good360.

For further information, please contact Joanna Black at Joanna@1stRCF.org.