UMass Boston's Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs hosted Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's 8th Annual Basketball for Peace Tournament on Friday. This is the second straight year UMass Boston has hosted the event.
Representatives from the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, UMass Boston Athletics, UMass Boston's Office of Community Relations, and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, as well as former New England Patriot Jermaine Wiggins and 100 youth from Revere, Charlestown, East Boston, and Boston all converged on the UMass Boston campus for a fun day of basketball and bonding.
Although the event had a great basketball element, the goal of the day was to bring children from different parts of Boston together with law enforcement and prosecutors, in hopes of continuing to build the bond and bridge between law enforcement and kids in the communities in which they work.
The special guest speaker of the event was Jermaine Wiggins, current radio personality on 96.9 and former New England Patriot. Wiggins talked to the attendees about the pitfalls of not doing the right thing and being in the wrong place at the wrong time and how decisions are important, which is a message that was also echoed by the DA’s Office.