Officers from the University of Maryland and Prince George’s County police departments challenged area youth to a game of basketball at the quarterly College Park Dream Team event on Feb. 7.
College Park Mayor Andrew Fellows and Emmet Hendershot, Paint Branch Elementary School’s principal also participated in the game for the first time.
The law enforcement team beat the youth team 71 to 58, but the game was a close one, said Gloria Aparicio-Blackwell, director of the UMD Office of Community Engagement.
“It was very competitive, that’s for sure,” she said. “It was really nice to see that energy and that excitement.”
Aparicio-Blackwell said UM and its partners host the Dream Team events to build relationships between the university, law enforcement and the community.
“It is a way for us to establish relationships and build trust,” she said. “It is critical and important that we work together.”