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Kids hit the hardwood again

'Cops N Kids' program returns

The Cops N Kids Basketball Program started up again Friday night, Feb. 11, for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Southbridge Police Sgt. Jose Dingui is in charge of the program. Adam T. Silva. (click for larger version)
February 14, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Southbridge Cops N Kids Program has started its Friday night basketball program up again at Charlton Street School.

The program is welcome to all Southbridge sixth, seventh and eighth graders and is designed to give impressionable youth a safe and healthy program to participate in.

In the first few weeks of the program, the players play scrimmages with no established teams, until more kids start regularly showing up — then set teams and schedules will be set up. An after school basketball program is also offered on Wednesdays.

In the past, up to 60 kids a night have participated in the Friday program. Southbridge Police Sgt. Jose Dingui believes that word of mouth, and "kids bringing friends" will make the program grow.

On its first night Friday, Feb. 11, 20 young males attended. Dingui anticipated a small turnout on Friday, as Wells Middle School held a dance and Southbridge High School had a basketball game. Although it is not set, he expects the program to run for 10 weeks or possibly longer, depending on how much snow remains on the ground.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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