Tournament helps bridge gap between youth, police - WNEM TV 5

Tournament helps bridge gap between youth, police

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Events this past year have shown that relationships between police and citizens have become strained but one organization is hoping to keep that relationship strong in Saginaw.

“It's more about making connections, meeting new people. Ya know, Bridge the Gap!” Domariye Lloyd said.

Lloyd said basketball is his world. That’s why he came to Bridge the Gap’s annual basketball tournament at Saginaw Valley State University.

The event pairs local youth with law enforcement and other upstanding citizens in the community.

Lloyd said Saturday was special because he met a new friend, Officer Steven Fausnaugh.

“We had a conversation. He offered me a ride along, internship kinda thing and I’m thinking about taking him up on that,” Lloyd said.

Llyod said he is majoring in criminal justice and is excited to learn more about Officer Fausnaugh’s job.

“Yea, we talked about what he wants to do with his life, which I found was really interesting,” Fausnaugh said.

Fausnaugh said the event helps students find common ground with adults, especially the police.

The organizers of Bridge the Gap said it’s all about teaching everyone trust, understanding and support.

Ayiteh Sowah heads the event and said Saturday was a slam dunk for the community.

“It’s been a day of basketball, food, lots of drinks and giveaways,” Sowah said.

Many TV5 personalities were there to shoot hoops and have fun.

As for Lloyd, he said he can’t wait to hang out with Officer Fausnaugh again and said this is truly a wonderful program

“It helps give kids more trust in the officers and help them to think that they are there to help them, not hurt them,” Lloyd said. 

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