Last week, the CCSO School Resource Unit got schooled – on the basketball court, that is. For the third straight year, School Resource Officers coordinated a free two-day basketball camp offered to Charles County students between ages 10-12. The camp, which was held at St. Charles High School, took place on Monday, December 28 and wrapped up on Tuesday, December 29. More than 60 students participated.
Sheriff Troy Berry – a former basketball player for Leonardtown High School and the College of Southern Maryland Hawks basketball team – stopped by the camp for a special visit. Also, members of the Beltway Bombers, a professional basketball team from the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League based in Charles County, were on hand to help the school resource officers provide instruction and fellowship with campers.
“We truly enjoy organizing this basketball camp each year and having the opportunity to coach the students,” said Pfc. P. Mann, who spearheaded this year’s event. “It is a great way to get the kids to do something positive and stay active during their winter break.”
“The sports camps that our School Resource Officers host year-round are about so much more than just the fundamentals of basketball, football or baseball,” said Sheriff Troy Berry. “By participating in team sports and coming to the camps, kids learn about sportsmanship, discipline, and teamwork. We also continue to reinforce that a good education is critical in order to become an athlete.”
Chaz Dudley, CEO and Head Coach of the Beltway Bombers, donated his time to the camp as well as game tickets for all 60 students. “The Bombers were honored to be a part of the CCSO camp for the 3rd consecutive year,” said Coach Dudley. “Giving back to, and reaching out within, the Charles County community is very important to us.”
On Saturday, January 9, the campers and Sheriff Berry will cheer on the Beltway Bombers as they take on the Hudson Valley Kingz at the College of Southern Maryland La Plata campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tip-off is at 7 p.m. For those wishing to attend, tickets cost $5 at the door and there will be great entertainment and activities for the whole family.
Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at tipsubmit.com. All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.
The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit www.ccso.us.