UMass Boston's Division of Athletics and Recreation, Special Projects and Programs hosted Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s ninth annual Basketball for Peace Tournament last week. This was the third time UMass Boston has hosted the event.
The goal of the tournament is to bring youth from different parts of Boston together with law enforcement and attorneys, in hopes of continuing to build the bond and bridge between law enforcement and the communities and the young people they work with.
This year’s festivities included presentations to some special award recipients who are very familiar to UMass Boston and the Boston community.
Former UMass Boston women's basketball coach Alfreda Harris (middle) received the Lifetime Achievement Award. She also had an award named after her. Harris coached at UMass Boston from 1980-1983 and 1985-1986.
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh (left, with Harris and Conley) received the Alfreda Harris Award. Before becoming mayor, this Dorchester native was a state representative and community activist in Dorchester. After receiving the award, he spoke to the youth who participated in the tournament about believing in themselves and accomplishing their dreams, and at the same time not being afraid to dream, no matter the situation.