Hobart officials learn of new program for youths

2013-04-06T21:25:00Z 2013-04-10T14:21:03Z Hobart officials learn of new program for youthsDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Police Chief Rick Zormier wants the city's youths to have a safe place to hang out after school.

That's why starting Tuesday Zormier is introducing the Community Athletic Program or CAP.

"The Community Athletic Program is a trial outreach program hosted by the Hobart Police Department to give our community youth a safe place to go, hang out and get some exercise if they choose," Zormier said.

Zormier introduced his idea at last week's Board of Public Works and City Council meetings.

A secondary purpose of the program is to provide a positive interaction between the community and its police officers and other city employees, Zormier said.

To begin with, an open gym policy will be initiated through May.

The open gym days will start out from 3 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after school.

Initially, officials will accommodate sixth- through 12th-grade students who are Hobart residents, Zormier said. The main gymnasium will primarily be used for basketball. The rear gymnasium will be available to groups for a variety of sports.

The lobby will have tables for youths to do homework, socialize and congregate safely, Zormier said.

"Eventually I would like to expand into a variety of city employees and local volunteers offering academic assistance, tutoring and other positive interactions at our facility," Zormier said.

Zormier said he and his wife are donating $500 to get the project started.

Anyone interested in making donations, financial or in-kind athletic equipment, is asked to contact the Hobart Police Department.

The future of the program knows no bounds, Zormier said.

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