2009-06-05 / Sports

FRHS Kids Say Yes To Tennis, No To Violence

On Thursday, May 21, Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by former Mayor David N. Dinkins, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and the New York Junior Tennis League, hosted more than 650 Far Rockaway public school students at the District Attorney's 11th annual "Say Yes to Tennis - No to Violence" Day which was held at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center - the nation's largest public tennis facility and the home of the U.S. Open - in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

The day-long outing at the USTA National Tennis Center culminates the District Attorney's year-long STAR (Straight Talk About Risks) Track anti-violence program.

As part of the program, thirty-five members of the District Attorney's Office and eight members of the New York City Corporation Counsel's Office, including Queens Chief Jennifer Gilroy Ruiz, have visited nine Far Rockaway schools - from elementary through high school - throughout the school year to talk about the risks of guns, drugs, gangs and how to make the right choices.

The program's curriculum is designed to drive down the crime rate and build up self-esteem, confidence and the quality of life for the students.

The students are enrolled in nine public schools in Far Rockaway.

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.

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