Making a Difference: Youth Basketball League Combines Neighborhood Kids to Create Peace

Photo courtesy of John Blanding of the Boston Globe

It’s no wonder that the Boston Police Department was recently inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame; yesterday, Rosa Nguyen of the Boston Globe wrote an article featuring yet another example of how the BPD becomes involved in the game to build and foster positive relationships in Boston neighborhoods and communities.

BPD District D-4 (South End) community service officers and members of the Youth Violence Strike Force frequently attend the One Hood Youth Peace Basketball League games at the Blackstone Community Center. This league recruits kids from rival neighborhoods in the South End and Lower Roxbury and places them on the same teams.

“This is one of the only basketball leagues that combines neighborhoods who had beef with each other,” said Officer Jorge Dias, with the Boston Police Department’s District D-4 community service office. “It builds bonds between them to squash that beef altogether.”

For the full article, click on the link below:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/08/15/teens-from-disparate-neighborhoods-across-boston-team/niPXlLnTQaf0XfIiw7DDJK/story.html?event=event25