Families, Parks and Recreation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Heather Allebaugh (407)
Victoria Shade (407)
Parramore Kidz Zone Youth Compete in 1st Annual BlackTop
Zone’s Blacktop Basketball League is
commemorating the end of its first season with a
championship game on Thursday, October 23, 2008.
The Blacktop Basketball League was created as
part of Parramore Kidz Zone’s mission to engage
at-risk youth in positive activities outside of
school hours. The City’s Youth Intervention
Coordinator, Stanley Cromartie, coaches the
teams and offers encouragement and guidance for
the youth of Parramore.
“This program is
just one of the ways PKZ has succeeded in
getting kids off the streets, keeping them from
getting into trouble and busy with positive
activities,” says Cromartie.
Blacktop Basketball League is comprised of six
teams with three from the Parramore
neighborhood. Awards will be presented to the
top two winning teams. The game will take place
at 6 p.m. at the John H. Jackson Community
Center and be followed by an awards ceremony and
barbecue at 7 p.m.
Modeled after the
Harlem Children’s Zone, Parramore Kidz Zone
launched by Mayor Dyer in 2006, employs creative
outreach to engage a critical mass of
Parramore’s children and linking them to
positive opportunities, including
pre-kindergarten education, parenting education,
health care, mentoring, tutoring, and
constructive activities when school is out.
October 23, 2008 at 6pm and 7pm
• 6:00 p.m. –
• 7:00 p.m. – Awards
Jackson Community Center
1002 W. Carter