Queens DA, USTA Host Far Rockaway Students
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 on Tuesday, May 24 at the USTA’s National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
The event, the seventh-annual “Say Yes To Tennis — No To Violence Day,” feature instruction by professional and amateur tennis players and a presentation ceremony. It is the highlight of the District Attorney’s STAR-Track (Straight Talk About Risks) anti-violence program.
The students are enrolled in eight public schools in Far Rockaway where they participate in the District Attorney’s STAR Track program. The schools included: 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.
The USTA National Tennis Center is the nation’s largest public tennis facility and home of the US Open.
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.
The event was made possible by the following groups: USTA National Tennis Center, the New York Junior Ten-nis League, Harcourt School Publications, Modell’s, 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.