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Gear Up and Go in Winslow! (Camden County)

Gear Up and Go in Winslow! (Camden County)

Winslow Township received a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey grant funded by the PSEG Foundation to implement their Gear Up and Go in Winslow program. The town is hosting a series of initiatives that encourage youth to appreciate the value of a sustainable lifestyle from health and wellness to recycling to local economies. Through the grant, the town is doing a pick-up game initiative and basketball/football giveaways. Grant funding is used to purchase sports equipment that is handed out by police officers to kids in the neighborhoods of Winslow. The goal is to improve the relationships between police officers and youth through pick-up basketball and football games. Spalding even got involved to help Winslow purchase more balls than they could afford. Kids report that their views of police officers have improved since the initiative. The grant funds also partially funded the first annual ‘Cops and Bobbers’ event that taught children about fishing, aiming to direct their attention away from negative influences like gangs, drugs and criminal activity. The Winslow Township Police Department led the event in hopes that friendships will develop between officers and the kids.