WATERVILLE, Maine — The Thomas College women's basketball team is joining more than 100 children and law enforcement professionals statewide to volunteer on September 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Thomas College campus for a day of games, pizza, and checking out cool law enforcement equipment. Kids 'N Cops on Campus is a free event.
The Terriers will be giving their time to play games and offer campus tours, ensuring a positive experience for young children.
The event kicks off National Crime Prevention Month, which begins on October 1.
Participants will have the chance to meet local and state police and game wardens. The day is free and open to kids ages 10 and up. The kids will also be able to interact with Thomas College criminal justice students and women's basketball players, watch a college varsity game, and tour the campus.
"This event will promote strong community relationships between youth and the law enforcement officers protecting them," said Thomas College criminal justice professor Steve Dyer. "By having a fun day of activities and adding the aspirational influence of exposure to Thomas College early in their lives, these kids can begin to think big and set big goals.
"The kids will benefit from this event not only from physical activity, and friendly interactions with local police, but also from a campus experience, which will help them to envision themselves enrolled in college," he said.
The event is supported by Bangor Savings Bank, Poland Spring, Cappza's Pizza, Sam's Club, Thomas College Criminal Justice Club, Waterville Police Department, Waterville Housing, Alfond Youth Center, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
For more information, visit www.thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-859-1313.