In an era of tough austerity, the needs of children and single parents are often overlooked and the first cut to go.
At the council meeting on Monday Feb. 11, Cincinnati Police Chief Blackwell unveiled the new Cincinnati police and Big Brothers / Big Sisters Boys Hope , Girls Hope 2014 series of neighborhood community basketball games will begin on Friday, February 28th . The H3 (Hoops, Heart, Hope) event will run from 5:30pm – 10pm and younger children about 8pm at Cincinnati State.
The H3 event will undergo a name change after a trademark issue with the makers of the official Hula Hoops For Hope. Cincinnati has been warned by lawyers not to use the name.
Basketball games will be for ages 14-19 and 10-14 year old children will have a Xbone basketball competition.
Other activities include life-skill training education and snacks or meals. Parents can enjoy a financial literacy or employment coaches. Uniforms and shoes are provided for 120 citywide registrations on a first come basis and certain conditions apply.
The applications for the Cincinnati Police and Boys Hope, Girls Hope H3 basketball program can be found at: http://tinyurl.com/l4cz5gw .
Children are required to attend all events week to week of the activity.
Later this year, The First Tee Golf Program of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will begin around spring or summer. The First Tee activities for children will teach life-enhancing skills and the game of golf. The idea focuses on nine virtues for developing great characters: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
For more information on youth golf activities please visit: http://tinyurl.com/7fbkonq .
The costs of available CRC summer day camps are between $95/per week – $110 per week. More available here: http://tinyurl.com/qyjdhkc .
The weekly cost of CRC summer day camp screams out to the city’s leaders for the activity of children to be subsidized and built into the city’s budget. Council arguments that surround pool and summer camp funds must be taken seriously if the city expects crime to drop.
Opportunities for Cincinnati youth activities and programs should not become for those who can afford them. Since society creates anti-social behavior through poor planning, the responsibility for Cincinnati’s children begins with each of us.
If nobody good enriches those children’s lives then those children govern their own behavior. ‘Falling through the cracks’ is the term for children whose activities may be idle and for better or worse, replace good behaviors for the only available role model.
Yvette Simpson’s platform encourages a fresh look at the available opportunities for children and apply future growth on those models. Let’s hope we all can see what everyone brings to the table.