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City Council honors Volley Against Violence

Posted by Justin Rice  March 28, 2013 09:56 AM

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The Boston City Council recognized the Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center's Volley Against Violence program with a formal proclamation on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center

The Boston City Council on Wednesday honored the Sportsmen's Tennis & Enrichment Center's Volley Against Violence program with a formal proclamation.

The motion recognizes Sportsmen's Executive Director Toni Wiley and Frank Williams, founder of the Boston Police Tennis Program, for their creation of the Volley Against Violence program.

The free tennis program serves roughly 140 Boston youth every Friday night at the Dorchester tennis club. It is sponsored by The Boston Foundation and Tufts Medical Center.

Many of the youth are transported to the tennis center by Boston Police officers, who help run the program.

"The evening begins with a discussion of the topic of the week, such as goal setting, teamwork, or respect, for example," according to a press release. "Then, children enjoy ninety minutes of tennis, with drills and games led by STEC coaches and Boston Police officers who have received special training through a US Tennis Association Recreational Coaches Workshop.

"A spirited relay race follows, and the evening ends with a pizza party."

The motion to recognize the program was sponsored by City Councilor Tito Jackson of Roxbury.

For further information about Volley Against Violence or other youth programs offered at Sportsmen's, contact Toni Wiley at (617) 288-9092.

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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