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Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) pushes up basket through defense MinnesotLynx guard Seimone Augustus (33) first half WNBA basketball

Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (22) pushes up to the basket through the defense of Minnesota Lynx guard Seimone Augustus (33) in the first half of a WNBA basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

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Updated: July 7, 2014 6:37AM



The Police Athletic League of Illinois has teamed up with the Calumet Park Police Department to sponsor children to attend the WNBA’s Chicago Sky basketball game Friday night against the Los Angeles Sparks.

The Police Athletic League provided the Calumet Park Police Department with 50 tickets to take 50 children to the game along with providing transportation to Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

Officer P.J. Johnson, of the Calumet Park Police Department, is Calumet Park’s representative for the Police Athletic League. He said the Police Athletic League is an organization the officers put together to help underprivileged children head in the right direction.

“We’re trying to build a relationship with children instead of a negative relationship,” Johnson said. “Sometimes we go into stores and people’s kids are acting up and they’ll say, ‘I’ll have this police officer lock you up,’ we don’t like things like that. We want the children to know we are out here supporting them.”

The children were selected through different schools from the village of Calumet Park as well as schools around the village including high schools.

Johnson said the Police Athletic League will be sponsoring more events this summer for the children including a basketball camp where retired NBA players will train with the children through a basketball clinic. The basketball camp will take place in two weeks.

“We’re really just trying to reach out to the community as much as we can so that these children will know there are other things out there for them to do,” Johnson said.



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