Cops, kids and community bond at Englewood Police/Youth Baseball opening day


CHICAGO (WLS) —

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the Englewood Police/Youth Baseball League opening day Thursday.

Founded in 2015, the league aims to improve relations between Chicago police and residents of Englewood, and provide structure for youths, and improve life in the neighborhood.

One hundred kids are registered in the league, divided into six teams that are named after historic African American baseball teams as well as notable African American historical figures.

Before the games got underway players took a few laps around the diamond and stretched to warm up. Few things are as exciting as opening day of baseball season.

“I like batting,” said Janiah Williams, player.

Many of the kids will be taking the field for their rookie season.

“He was very excited to put on his uniform. It’s…

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