"Quickball" aims to keep kids into sports and off the streets

By Stewart Moore - bio | email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The state attorney general's office, boys and girls clubs, Walmart and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Association are working together to keep kids out of trouble and put them on the baseball diamond.

It's a simple game, with a bigger purpose. With each swing of the bat, the closer you get to home plate and the further you get away from trouble.

"Our goal is to bring law enforcement together with young people, focused on young people with need using baseball and quick ball as a hook," said Jane Rodgers of the Cal Ripken, Sr. Association.

For the past five years, the group has reached out to youth in several states to help bring them together with leaders in the community by using a simple game -- Quickball.

It's a success-driven, indoor form of baseball that is about to take over boys and girls clubs throughout the Midlands.

"We offer a well rounded program," said Carter Clark. "Leadership development. Homework help. Character development. Those are very necessary to help kids achieve their greatness. But those aren't the things that help bring them through the doors initially. Sports is one of those things."

The teams consist of the people who will ultimately teach the game. But in the future you won't just see the attorney general taking swings, you'll see other officers too.

"It teaches law enforcement are people we can trust," said Alan Wilson. "Not to run from and distrustful of."

Contact your local boys and girls club so your kids can knock it out of the park.

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