On Friday, March 1, 2019, Commissioner Gross visited the Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester for the Volley Against Violence Tennis Program. Created to focus on fostering relationships with our City’s youth through tennis, Boston Police Officers volunteer their time to serve as coaches, mentors and drivers for young kids and families in the City in hopes of creating a safe environment where these children can learn the fundamentals of tennis!
No one had more fun last week than these Boston seniors, who were treated to a tennis lesson by Boston Police Officer Frank Williams and the rest of the District C-6 (South Boston) Community Service Officers. Officer Williams, who runs the "Volley Against Violence" tennis program for Boston youth, often invites neighborhood senior citizens out for a game at the Sportsmen's Tennis and Enrichment Center in Dorchester--and as you can see, both the seniors and officers have a blast hitting the ball around!
Thanks to the Boston Globe for highlighting the BPD’s on-going effort to make our community safer by connecting and building trust with our city’s young people through the BPD’s Youth Tennis Program. Said Officer Frank Williams: “It’s pretty simple. We use tennis as a platform to enhance, grow and improve the relationship we enjoy with the kids in our neighborhoods and our officers and the kids love it. It's community policing at its best.”
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A huge thank you to Susan Tran of NBC Boston for her coverage of the Boston Police Tennis Program "Volley Against Violence." Each Friday night, Officer Frank Williams and his fellow officers play tennis with over 100 kids from Southie, Eastie, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain, not only to build police and youth relationships but to provide positive activities that will keep kids on the right path and off the streets. Said Officer Williams, "In tennis we say, 'Ready position—racket back, turn and step, follow through.' That's life—preparation, focus, finish. If you do those three things in tennis, you hit the ball straight. If you do those three things in life, you can only be successful."
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Thank you to NESN for visiting BPD Officer Frank Williams at the Sportsmen’s Tennis Club in Dorchester for a session with the Volley Against Violence Program earlier this week. Volley Against Violence was created 6 years ago when Officer Williams took a group of kids off the street and brought them to play tennis. From then on, the program took off as a way for kids to interact with children from other neighborhoods and with police officers. Check out NESN’s video!