A charity basketball game aims to highlight the need to decrease violence in Prince George’s County communities.
Two county mentoring organizations that want to show youth how to have fun in a constructive way are putting on a Silence the Violence charity basketball game June 1 at Central High School, 200 Cabin Branch Road, in Capitol Heights, said Darryl Barnes, the president of Men Aiming Higher, one of the sponsoring organizations.
Men Aiming Higher members will join four Central High students to play against additional students and members of Mentoring to Manhood, the other sponsoring organization.
A representative from the county police department will speak at halftime of the June 1 game, Barnes said.
Men Aiming Higher members have been mentoring students this year at Central High, where fighting has been an issue, Barnes said.
“They had a real problem,” he said. “They were having fights spill over into the street... so we’ve come in, started mentoring, getting kids back on track.”
General admission tickets for the basketball game, which starts at 6:30 p.m., are $7, and student tickets are $2.
Proceeds will go toward a mentoring programs and a party for about 100 Central High students, Barnes said.