LOS ANGELES – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore partnered with the National Police Athletic League (PAL), the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department PAL and the WNBA Legends to host a “Play Like a Girl” basketball clinic for local girls on Sept. 2 in Los Angeles, California.
“HSI Baltimore is dedicated to supporting our youth and positive events in our communities,” said HSI Baltimore Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris. “Events like these are essential to forging positive relationships between law enforcement and those we serve.”
Five former WNBA players coached the three-hour clinic, which was attended by around 100 girls, ranging in age from 7 to 17 years old.
Mayor Ana Valencia of Norwalk, California, also attended and addressed the event.
The following day, the L.A. Sparks WNBA team honored Assistant Special Agent in Charge Freddie Taylor of HSI Baltimore, National PAL CEO Julie Redcay and three members of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department PAL at center court during their game against the Washington Mystics. The honorees were recognized for their work across the United States in supporting the “Play Like a Girl” program as well as other youth-focused initiatives.
The Police Athletic League is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Its mission is to provide a safe environment for youth to reach their full potential through partnerships with the police community using athletics and other programs geared toward improving the quality of its participants’ life.
HSI is the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), responsible for investigating transnational crime and threats, specifically those criminal organizations that exploit the global infrastructure through which international trade, travel, and finance move. HSI’s workforce of more than 8,700 employees consists of more than 6,000 special agents assigned to 237 cities throughout the United States, and 93 overseas locations in 56 countries. HSI’s international presence represents DHS’s largest investigative law enforcement presence abroad and one of the largest international footprints in U.S. law enforcement.