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Youth, law enforcement join for basketball tournament

Posted by boston.com  July 31, 2013 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council:

Law enforcement officials, youth services workers and local teens will join together for the Sixth Annual Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament on Saturday, August 3, 2013, in a show of solidarity among youth and those who fight for their safety. 
 
Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop will send teams to a five-on-five tournament hosted by the Metro Mayors Coalition as a way to promote safe summer activities and kick off the coming school year.  
 
The Metro Mayors Coalition, facilitated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), is a collaborative group that brings together 13 mayors and city and town managers from the Greater Boston area to find common solutions to shared problems. 
 
The tournament takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Somerville?s Trum Field, located at 541 Broadway, between Ball and Magoun Squares. Play begins at 10 a.m., with lunch during the tournament from noon to 1:00 p.m. There will be a three-point contest and a DJ and dance component. Referees and entertainers will volunteer their time, and local businesses have donated supplies such as food and basketballs for the event. The rain location is the Somerville High School Gymnasium, 81 Highland Ave. in Somerville.
 
The tournament is funded in part by the Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative, a state grant program supported by the legislature and the Governor, which promotes a regional approach to addressing youth and gang violence throughout Massachusetts. Shannon Grant funds provide resources to support both prevention and enforcement measures in the battle against youth- and gang-related crime. The Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative includes community partners such as Teen Empowerment in Somerville and Roca in Chelsea. These groups use the funding to support programs offering at-risk and court-involved youth the opportunity to turn their lives in a new direction. Police departments across the region also use the funding to support the Metro Gang Task Force and ?hot spot? patrols on urban streets.
  
The public is invited to come and cheer on their local team. For more information, contact MAPC Government Affairs Specialist Charlie Ticotsky at 617-933-0710 or cticotsky@mapc.org. 
 
Visit mapc.org/regional-collaboration/metro-mayors-coalition for more information.
 
Community partners by city/town:
 
  • Cambridge: Cambridge PD, Cambridge Youth Service
  • Chelsea: Chelsea PD, Roca, Jordan Boys and Girls Club 
  • Everett: Everett PD, Everett Public Schools and Everett Boys and Girls Club
  • Malden: Malden PD, City of Malden
  • Quincy: Quincy PD, Quincy Recreation Department
  • Revere: Revere PD, Police Athletic League, Revere Cares, and Revere High School Connect
  • Somerville: Somerville PD, Teen Empowerment
  • Winthrop: Winthrop PD, Casa

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