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Drill & Play Tournament of the Champions at Harlem PAL

PAL Harlem Center, 441 Manhattan Avenue

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., will join youth basketball players, families, community leaders, and other special guests at a championship tournament for the first “Drill and Play” Championship. The event will bring together tournament winners from a free basketball training program operating at gyms in Central Harlem, East Harlem, and the Lower East Side.

In October of 2011, the Manhattan DA’s Office, the Police Athletic League, Pro Hoops Inc., NYPD, and the Drug Enforcement Administration began working in partnership on an initiative which opened gyms throughout Manhattan on Friday and Saturday nights in order to offer youth ages 12-18 a safe place during peak crime periods and an opportunity to participate in free training programs run by professional basketball trainers. The DA’s Office and the DEA use money seized from drug cases to hire professional basketball trainers from Pro Hoops Inc.

Currently, the “Drill and Play” program runs out of three locations: PAL’s Harlem Center, SCAN in East Harlem, and through a partnership with Henry Street Settlement, out of the Boys and Girls Republic on the Lower East Side. Saturday’s Championship Tournament will bring together participants from the three sites.




Harlem Little League Opening Ceremony


Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. will attend the Harlem Little League Kick-Off their twenty-third season. Harlem Little League serve over 500 boys and girls who range in age from 5 to 16, the Harlem Little League serves as one of the many anticipated summer activities for the Harlem Community. For more information contact Jennifer Carino at Community Affairs Unit at (212) 335-9082.



National Crime Victims’ Rights Week: New York Crime Victims’ Candlelight Vigil

West End Collegiate Church, 368 West End Avenue, at 77th Street.

Every year during National Crime Victims’Rights Week, the Crime Victims’ Candlelight Vigil provides a special forum for victims and advocates to remember people who have been murdered and to honor the struggle of others harmed by crime. The theme of this year's Vigil is "Honoring Victims, Supporting Families." The Vigil will also celebrate and recognize service providers in the field of community advocacy, healing and crime prevention.

We hope you will join us at this very special event on Sunday, April 22nd,at 2 p.m. at the West End Collegiate Church, 368 West End Avenue,at 77th Street. This year for the first time our office will be official co sponsors of the Vigil, along with the Office of the NYS Attorney General, the Downstate Coalition for Crime Victims and the Joyful Heart Foundation. Events such as this give us an opportunity to see crime victims differently, away from the time pressures of a prosecution. I believe our presence at the Vigil sends a clear message that we care, and want to understand victims' experiences.

If you have any questions about the Vigil or would like to attend or volunteer to assist, please contact Special Assistant District Attorney for Community Affairs Lee Llambelis at (212) 335-9082.

*** sign language interpreter,  and Mandarin and Spanish translation, counselors and childcare will be available.  

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