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Youth centers plan Safe Haven basketball tourney

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department’s Weisser, Cooper and Jennings youth centers will participate in the Safe Haven basketball tournament Oct. 11-12.

The week’s activities begin with open houses at the three park sites and end with basketball games at Lakeside Middle School, Weisser Park Elementary School and Greater Progressive Family Life Center.

The tourney is open to boys ages 14 to 18. Each team is guaranteed three games. Competitive teams from Fort Wayne and the Midwest, including some of the best high school basketball players in the area, will participate.

The Safe Haven open houses will be 6 to 7 p.m. at these locations:

•Oct. 8: Weisser Center, 802 Eckart St.

•Oct. 9: Cooper Center, 2300 S. Clinton St.

•Oct. 10: Jennings Center, 1330 McCulloch St.

The week culminates with the basketball tourney that begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and continues all day Oct. 12. The championship game will begin at 7 p.m. at Lakeside Middle School.

According to the city of Fort Wayne, the federally funded Safe Haven network provides “prevention programs designed to reduce crime and restore neighborhoods, while also coordinating youth and adult services in highly visible, secure and accessible facilities.”

Safe Havens are at Jennings Center, Cooper Center and Weisser Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne, Eagles Nest Youth Centre, the Euell A. Wilson Community Center, the Fort Wayne Urban League, Greater Progressive Family Life Center and Prime Time Community Center.