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TEENS AND FAMILIES INVITED TO ‘GANG WITH US FEST’ OCT. 10 TO LEARN ABOUT  POSITIVE ALTERNATIVES TO JOINING A GANG

September 18, 2009

Charlotte, NC--  Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the public, especially teenagers, to the “Gang with Us Fest” on Saturday, October 10, 2009, 11am-2pm at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 West Sugar Creek Road. This event will provide information on various programs and activities offered as alternatives to joining a gang. 

Gang with Us Fest is sponsored by several agencies and operates with a grant from Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department’s Gang of One initiative.  Other partners include:

  • Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
  • CMS-Parent University
  • CMS-Idlewild Elementary School
  • Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council
  • McClintock Partners in Education (McPie)
  • Mi Casa Su Casa
  • Partners in Out of School Time
  • Park and Recreation/Charlotte Boxing Academy

Admission is FREE. The event will also collect donations of winter clothing and non-perishable food for the needy in Charlotte.

Gang with Us Fest is a preliminary to the 2009 Queen City Amateur Boxing Invitation Tournament, which starts at 5pm at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center.  Charlotte Boxing Academy is a major participant in offering young people alternative activity to gangs. “We offer a different perspective on ‘fighting,’’ says Park and Recreation’s chief boxing coach, Al Simpson. “Sports and conditioning, both mental and physical conditioning, offer young people a different philosophy. Boxing is way to channel them into a healthy and positive activity that may be attractive to gang members or potential members.”

For more information on Gang with Us Fest or Charlotte Boxing Academy, contact Coach Al Simpson: 704 241-0314.  


 

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Office Location:

Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. M - F

Contact

Patsy Houston
704-336-3854