2004-05-28 / Sports

1000 Rockaway Students Use Tennis To Say No To Violence

1000 Rockaway Students Use Tennis To Say No To Violence


A student from P.S. 215 learns the fundamentals of playing tennis. Photos by Denis Macrae.A student from P.S. 215 learns the fundamentals of playing tennis. Photos by Denis Macrae.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, United States Tennis Association Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Lee Hamilton and the New York Junior Tennis League hosted 1,000 Far Rockaway public school students at the USTA’s National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

The event, the sixth-annual "Say Yes To Tennis - No To Violence Day,"
featured instruction by professional and amateur tennis players, special
guest former Mayor David N. Dinkins and a presentation ceremony.  It is the highlight of the District Attorney’s STAR-Track (Straight Talk About Risks) anti-violence program. The 1000 students were from Far Rockaway High School, Middle Schools 53 and 198 and Public Schools 43, 104, 106, 197 and 215, which enroll over 7,000 students in grades four to 12.

District Attorney Brown saluted teachers and his assistant district
attorneys who work together to present an anti-violence curriculum
throughout the school year, and said, "They teach youngsters how to resolve disputes without violence and that is a very, very important lesson."

STAR Track sends 32 Assistant District Attorneys into schools to teach children about the risks of drugs and guns in partnership with educators and parents. The program uses a curriculum designed to drive down the crime rate and build up self-esteem, confidence and the quality of life.


Students from eight Rockaway schools gathered to hear former mayor David Dinkins and District Attorney Richard Brown speak about saying no to violence.Students from eight Rockaway schools gathered to hear former mayor David Dinkins and District Attorney Richard Brown speak about saying no to violence.

The event was made possible by the following groups: USTA National Tennis Center, the New York Junior Tennis League, Harcourt School Publications, Modells, the New York Mets, Queens Borough Public Library, the United Federation of Teachers, Health Plus, the Queens Hall of Science and the New York City Department of Education. The children received t-shirts to commemorate the event along with introductory tennis instruction and lunch.


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