It’s that time of year again, when ballers come together to honor the memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombers, including two law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice during the investigation into the terrorist attack. This weekend’s Boston Strong Invitational Basketball Tournament is a way for Boston and surrounding communities, as well as public safety agencies like the MSP, to remember and honor MIT Police Officer Sean A. Collier, Boston Police Officer Dennis J. Simmonds and all of the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Event organizers are excited to again have a separate youth division in the tournament. The youth division was a huge success last year and was a positive experience for the kids. Six youth teams will be co-coached by volunteer Mass State Police Troopers, Boston Police officers, and other local officers. After competition, youth teams will have lunch with their coaches where there will be an open discussion, to further the goal of improving trust and understanding between local young people and aw enforcement officers.
The Boston Strong Invitational Basketball Tournament will be held August 4 and 5 at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium, 120 Vassar St., Cambridge. Doors open at 8:45 each day.