Prince George’s County officials partner with new National Harbor company, Escapology to help fund the Police Athletic league which supports local youth with engaging activities. (Photo courtesy of Prince George’s County Athletic League)

By AFRO staff

Prince George’s County Police Chief Malik Aziz and Prince George’s County Councilman Calvin Hawkins II partnered with Escapology to raise money for local youth sport activities in an effort to reduce juvenile crime. The two had a face off at Escapology’s grand opening on July 12, challenging each other to see could emerge from the escape rooms first. Officials will have 60 minutes to crack the codes necessary to exit the themed escape room.

 Chief Aziz said the initiative would bring “an exciting challenge and provide an opportunity to support the Police Athletic League.”

The league hosts forensic science camps, sports clinics and nature tours for youth in PG County. They even produce articles with parenting tips in regards to the aspect of sports, education and how to handle setbacks in life.

Escapology agreed to partner with the Prince George’s Police Athletic League with hopes of helping foster trust between law enforcement and children living in the area. 

“Escapology’s new state-of-the-art escape room is expected to provide jobs for 25 employees in Prince George’s County,” Councilmember At-Large Calvin Hawkins II shared in a press release. “We welcome them to the County and wish them every success.”

Escapology, Trip Advisor’s number one rated escape room, decided to open its newest location at National Harbor, with themed escape games including Batman: The Dark Knight Challenge; Scooby-Doo and the Spooky Castle Adventure; A Pirate’s Curse; and Lost City. The new Escapology is located at 230 American Way in the Waterfront District. 

“Escapology is a great new addition to National Harbor, one of the Washington D.C. area’s most unique landmarks,” said Kent S. Digby, Executive vice president of asset management, operations and marketing for the Peterson Companies, a developer of National Harbor. “We are excited to offer this new entertainment venue to our vibrant community.”