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Flint basketball tournament aims to "stop the silence", kids play for free

Flint basketball tournament aims to "stop the silence", kids play for free

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FLINT (WJRT) - (06/26/14) - It's a 3-on-3 basketball tournament that's about to return to downtown Flint, one with a rather unique twist.

It's bringing together cops and kids in a mission to "Stop the Silence” this Saturday on the flat lot downtown.

It’s a joint effort involving a lot of law enforcement agencies - U of M Flint, Mott, City and State Police - and the Sheriff’s Department.

“Most kids and adults have not had a positive interaction with law enforcement, and that's all that we're trying to do here,” said Amanda Dumond, a tournament staff member.

There's no charge for kids ages 7-18 to play.  The only requirement is that they sign a police pledge to "stop the silence".

"If they see a crime, someone going in a back door, just speak up.  Call 911.  Call Crime Stoppers.  It's anonymous,” said Flint PAL Director Jesse Carpenter.

Last year's tournament saw more than 150 kids take that pledge.

Organizers hope to continue growing the tournament into one of downtown Flint's big summertime events, with the help of basketball fans who drop by to cheer on the kids.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. Saturday.

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