Far Rockaway Students Say Yes to Tennis,No To Violence
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown was joined by former Mayor David N. Dinkins, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the New York Junior Tennis League on Thursday, May 24 to host more than 650 Far Rockaway public school students at the ninth annual "Say Yes to Tennis - No to Violence" Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park in Queens.
"Tennis is a great sport with important lessons for the game of life that include the principles of fair play and self-control. Today's tennis event is meant to encourage our young people to make positive choices such as sports as an alternative to violence," said District Attorney Brown.
"I want to congratulate the students who have participated in our STAR Track program this year."
The students are enrolled in nine public schools in Far Rockaway where they participate in the District Attorney's STAR Track (Straight Talk About Risks) anti-violence program.
The schools include: Far Rockaway High School, Middle School 53, and Public Schools 42, 43, 104, 106, 197, 215 and 333 which enroll more than 7,000 students in grades four to twelve.
STAR Track sends dozens of Assistant District Attorneys and other QDA staffers, as well as attorneys and staff members from the City's Corporation Counsel and the Legal Aid Society, into these 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 day-long event features on-court activities for the students with National Tennis Center pros, as well as a tennis demonstration by the District Attorney and former Mayor Dinkins. The children also received Tshirts to commemorate the event along with introductory tennis instruction and lunch.