2007-05-04 / Sports

101 Pct. Represents Queens In Cops and Kids Tourney

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Chief Thomas Dale, the commander of Queens South, joins Smith and the team after they became champs of Queens County.
Chief Thomas Dale, the commander of Queens South, joins Smith and the team after they became champs of Queens County. After winning the championship trophy for Queens County, members of the 101 Precinct's Cops and Kids basketball team went to Staten Island earlier this month to bring the citywide championship home to Far Rocaway and the borough of Queens.

Although the team won by a 10-point margin against the 113 Precinct for the Queens title, they lost to Staten Island by a score of 83-77 on April 14 in the citywide tournament.

While winning games are important, the 101 Precinct believes in the old that 'winning isn't everything.'

"We trying to bridge the gap between kids and police officers," Officer Lakeisha Smith, the precinct's youth officer and explorer advisor told The Wave.

"Doing things like sports gives police a chance to interact with kids. We're seeing an improvement between cops and kids."

Cops and Kids, one of the many programs under the Police Athletic League's umbrella, is an initiative that brings volunteer police officers and young people from the five boroughs together. Teams are created to represent their local precincts to compete against other police precincts in such sports as basketball, softball, volleyball and golf.

Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, joins Smith and the team as they prepare to take on Staten Island on April 14.
Captain Brian McMahon, the commanding officer of the 101 Precinct, joins Smith and the team as they prepare to take on Staten Island on April 14. Joining Rockaway youth on the 101 team are Officers Donald Vale, Mark Jones, Maurice Roper and Donnell Meyers.

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