COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland department of athletics teamed with the University of Maryland Police Department, the University Office of Community Engagement and other area police departments Wednesday to participate in a celebrity waiter fundraiser at Ledo’s for the Dream Team project.
Last year, University police chief David Mitchell came up with the Dream Team idea as a way for kids in the College Park community to trust and respect police officers from University Police, College Park Police and the Maryland Park Police. Officers from those three areas play basketball with the youth multiple times a year.
Maryland Athletics joined in to support the project. On Wednesday, field hockey head coach Missy Meharg, field hockey assistant coach Joppe de Vries and Testudo worked with officers at Ledo’s in College Park as part of a celebrity waiter fundraiser to support the Dream Team project.
“Our troops give a lot of inspiration to our young guys and gals,” Chief Mitchell said. “Today’s event helped support that. It helps us buy pizza for that night to make sure that the kids are well-fed. It helps us buy some items for them to study and that type of thing. Maryland Athletics has been stepping up to the plate every step of the way. Having Testudo, Coach Meharg and Coach de Vries here and the support of the athletic department is second to none.”
Meharg and de Vries waited tables during the lunch hours and 15 percent of patrons’ tabs went to support the cause.
“Whether you’re with the police force, or an athletic team, you’re in the public and you’re out there,” Meharg said. “It’s a great program to put the young people of College Park in position to help protect our College Park. We value keeping College Park as a great place, so it’s a great step in making that happen.”
For more on the Dream Team, log on to http://vpaf.umd.edu/community/dreamteam.html.