Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine was in Zanesville today.
His office supports the Badges For Baseball program that builds relationships between youth and law enforcement. This afternoon DeWine joined the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office, the Canton Police Department, the Youngstown Police Department and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Zanesville for a game of quickball at the Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State College Campus.
"We're working with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, and it's about baseball, but it's also about leadership," said DeWine. "It's about mentoring and relationships between police officers, sheriff's deputies and young people. It's a program that we think works very well."
DeWine took the pitcher's mound with about 90 kids cheering him on. He said a handful of Zanesville kids also had the opportunity to participate in a national tournament in Maryland.
"For some kids, it's the first time they may have been out of state or in that part of the country, so it's kind of a big deal," said DeWine. "It's a big trip that's part of the overall program."
Every child took home a backpack stuffed with supplies in preparation for the upcoming school year.