Jayhawks Support Hawks, Cops and Kids Saturday

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas student-athletes teamed up with the Lawrence Police Department, KU Police Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County to host the annual Hawks, Cops and Kids event for nearly 100 area children at Robinson Gymnasium Saturday morning.  

As in years past, the event included a pair of classroom sessions where participants learned about bullying and general safety tips. During the bullying session kids were encouraged to step up, speak up, and report it if they’re being bullied. The sessions included time for questions and put children through several role playing scenarios.

Kids also had a chance to sit in two functioning patrol cars in the Robinson parking lot. Under the supervision of several patrol officers, participants were allowed to turn on the siren and speak through the car’s loudspeaker.

Jayhawk student-athletes assisted with the athletic portion of the days’ activities in the gym, leading spirited games of basketball knockout and a kickball station. Student-athletes also signed Hawks, Cops and Kids t-shirts for interested participants.

“We just provided a little fun aspect to the event so it’s not all just sitting and listening – they get a little interactive moment so we keep their attention span and they love playing with student-athletes,” KU senior rower and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Abbey Lozenski said. “It’s really fun and it makes you realize that we’re big role models no matter what sport we play. It reminds us of that and really made my day.”

The nearly three-hour event concluded with lunch and a kids photo shoot on the first level of the recreation center.  

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