NYPD takes community to court for a game of basketball

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016]

The Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) and Leadership Through Sports sponsored a police versus community basketball game at the Gerard Carter Community Center in Stapleton Saturday night.

Police from the 120 precinct played a friendly game of basketball to help facilitate a good relationship between police and the community.

“We want to show the community that law enforcement is here to help them as well as that we’re one in the same,” said Sgt. Joseph Alohan, who runs the Domestic Violence Unit at the 120th Precinct. “We play basketball, interact, laugh, joke, smile, bleed and cry the same as them.”

Eugene Williams, one of the community players, said the basketball game was, “Something I had never experienced before. …I loved it, every second of it. It’s something I could see myself doing for years to come; I hope I can get together with these officers again. It’s explainable; I can’t even describe it in words.”

“They’re human beings and they have families and responsibilities just like us. They just want to enjoy life and have a great time,” he added.

The center where the game took place is named after Gerard Carter, a police officer who died while on duty on July 31, 1998.

About Jonathan Reyes

I joined the Daly Dose Of Hoops staff in the fall of 2016 and am the beat writer for Wagner College and the Northeast Conference. I’m also the editor of this here website, WerdyNerdy Space, and a contributor to The GWW. My background in journalism started as a sports intern for the Riverdale Press and News 12 The Bronx/Brooklyn and as a breaking news intern at the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com.

I graduated in 2016 from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, concentration in journalism. While in Riverdale, I wrote for Manhattan’s student newspaper, The Quadrangle, where I began as a staff writer before becoming assistant sports editor, sports editor and senior writer. During my time at the Quad, I earned Manhattan’s Excellence in Journalism, Best Sports News Article and Most Prolific awards, including nominations for eight similar awards in my four years.

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