Update 7/20/2017: The Iowa City Police Department has cancelled its soccer game as part of the "Do You See Me Now" challenge, set for Thursday, July 20, 2017 due to forecast heat indices of 105-110 degrees. 

Police plan to reschedule the match, and will release more information at a later date. 

For additional information contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275.

Original release 7/06/2017: Area junior high and high school students will face members of the Iowa City Police Department, along with other local law enforcement, in a friendly basketball and soccer challenge this month during the department's second annual “Do You See Me Now?” competition.

The two events are part of Iowa City Parks and Recreation’s Teen Dynamics program, introduced to provide teens with opportunities for positive interaction, education, relationship building, and activities during summer break. The program is held Monday through Friday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center, 220 S. Gilbert Street in Iowa City. The program began June 5 and runs through August 11.

The “Do You See Me Now?” events are aimed at building positive relationships between participants and officers.

On Wednesday, July 19, officers will host a basketball game between local law enforcement and Teen Dynamics participants at the Robert A. Lee Recreation Center. The game begins at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion and dinner, provided by Police.

On Thursday, July 20, youth involved in the Teen Dynamics program will take on officers during a soccer game beginning at 1 p.m. at Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park, 4400 Soccer Park Rd. Following the game, participants can spend time talking with the officers and enjoying a provided dinner.

Enrollment for Teen Dynamics is open, ongoing and can be completed online. There is no fee to participate in the program. However, a parent or guardian should accompany participants on the first evening they attend to fill out additional registration forms. 

For more program details, contact Recreation Program Supervisor RaQuishia Harrington at RaQuishia-Harrington@iowa-city.org or call 319-356-5228.

For additional information about the “Do You See Me Now?” challenge, contact Community Service Officer Henri Harper at 319-356-5275 or Sgt. Scott Gaarde at 319-356-5275.

Date of publication

Thursday, July 20, 2017