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The city of Clarkston, DeKalb Police Athletics League and Clarkston First Baptist Church have formed a partnership to bring a Summer After Dark Basketball League to the city of Clarkston.

“This summer league allows the city to check off several boxes of its civic and community engagement goals and objectives,” said Keith Barker, Clarkston City Manager. “The city gets to expand our partnership with Clarkston First Baptist Church and to partner, for the first time, with PALs a national organization that already has the infrastructure, experience and abilities to implement and manage this program and league. We, the city, get to provide additional recreational offerings and lastly, but more importantly, the city continues its efforts to prevent youth violence.”

Clarkston’s Summer After Dark Basketball League, held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, will start on June 26 and is scheduled to end on August 2nd. Clarkston First Baptist Church Gym is the location for the 9:00 p.m. mandatory Life Skills Workshops and 10:00 p.m. games that will result in championship rounds to determine which team will be awarded the winners’ trophy. Participants must be 14 to19 years of age.

“During these workshops, each participate will learn from subject matter experts about a variety of topics, including anti-gang awareness, drugs and violence causes and consequences, that they will hopefully carry with them throughout the course of their lives,” said Detective Khary Ricketts, DeKalb County Police and PALs Plus program manager and coordinator. “The opportunities, information and discussions that occur in these workshops are so important, that attendance and participation is mandatory. It’s simple, if they don’t attend, they don’t play.”

In addition to these mandatory 9:00 p.m. workshops, the Summer League has free registration, and is open to the public. Participants can show up on any of the applicable Tuesdays and/or Thursdays to play in anyof the games that start, after workshops at 10:00 p.m. Clarkston Summer Basketball League participants will also learn about local employment opportunities.

To register and for more info, contact Det. Khary Ricketts, kkricketts@dekalbcountyga.gov or Terry Sanders, tsanders@cityofclarkston.com.

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