Women’s Basketball Volunteers at Department of Juvenile Services

Women’s Basketball Volunteers at Department of Juvenile Services

BALTIMORE – The UMBC women's basketball team continued their active participation in the community on Saturday, Sept. 20 when the Retrievers traveled to the Thomas J.S. Waxter Center to visit the Department of Juvenile Services to speak to young girls in attendance, in addition to running basketball stations.

"Our girls were thrilled to visit the DJS," said Director of Basketball Operations Chelsea Barker. "It's a unique opportunity for both groups to learn and grow as young women. Everyone had a great time and our players are already talking about going back!"

By law, DJS is a child-serving agency responsible for assessing the individual needs of referred youth and providing intake, detention, probation, commitment, and after-care services. DJS works with youth, families, schools, and law enforcement to contribute to safer communities.

As sports are a great way for children to use their potential in something positive, the UMBC women's basketball team held stations for dribbling, shooting, lay-ups and rebounding drills. Participating in sports is considered a type of treatment to juveniles and can develop leadership skills, as well as create a positive interest in the minds of the youth.