COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (KRDO) – The Colorado Springs Police Department pulled out their SWAT van to distribute sports balls to area youth as part of the 7-Eleven A-Game Project.
Project A-Game is a community outreach program created to develop meaningful relationships between community youth and officers through sport.
On Tuesday, the program donated a grant of $ 711 to the Colorado Springs Police Department. This donation is for their PLAY COS program, which provides officers with sports equipment to distribute to children and teens during their shifts.
“The donation goes to the community that interacts with the police department, they can just talk to them and have fun with the people who protect our community,” said 7-Eleven North Academy General Manager Jillian Dryer.
With this initiative, the police department wants children to know that officers are focused on their protection and that of the community.
“Our job is not to lock the kids up, our job is to get them on the right track and through this project we hope we can continue to connect with these kids,” said Sgt. Jason Newton of the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Project A-Game will provide a grant of $ 711 to the PLAY COS program, where agents take the time to connect with young people by playing sports together. Officers, including the leader, will participate in a presentation.
Over the past few months, PLAY COS has distributed over 550 sports balls to children in Colorado Springs.
In honor of the donation, people can receive a free Slurpee at 7Eleven on North Academy until 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Free slurpees, lots of swag and a special chance for the kids to have our cops on their side.