There are few things that go together quite as well as basketball and summertime – clean feet and warm socks, nothing to do and Sunday afternoons, and, of course, MAPC and regional collaboration. Given this complementary power, it’s no surprise the Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament is always such a success. Organized by MAPC, the event brings together law enforcement officials, youth service workers, and local teens for a day of friendly competition, including three-point and dance contests in addition to the five-on-five tournament.
The seventh annual tournament was held this past Saturday, July 25, at Trum Field in Somerville, with teams coming from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop. Revere and Everett each won their respective divisions, and Malden was victorious in the three-point contest. Everyone seemed to win during the dance competition, including the audience, and participants were rewarded with both applause and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
The tournament is hosted every year by the Metro Mayors Coalition, an innovative group of 14 mayors and municipal managers that work together to find common solutions to shared problems in the Greater Boston Region. Established in 2001 with the help of MAPC, the coalition illustrates the benefit of inter-local cooperation.
Recognizing that the problem of youth and gang violence is not constrained by municipal boundaries, the coalition created the Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative in 2006. Shannon Grants, named after the late Senator Charlie Shannon, provide funding to law enforcement and non-profit organizations working collaboratively to find comprehensive solutions to youth and gang violence.