Summer Youth Athletic wraps up successful season with tournament finals

Published on Monday, 29 August 2022 15:44
Written by Serenity Bishop

Summer Youth Athletic Program wraps up another successful season


The 2022 Summer Youth Athletic Program, formerly known as the Roberto Clemente Youth Baseball League, recently wrapped up the season with final tournament games in baseball and basketball. 

The long-standing program is coordinated through the Bristol Police Department’s Community Relations Division and runs for approximately seven weeks each year during the summer.

“The Youth Athletic Program activities keep the children who participate in this program active and focused during the summer months and serves to foster better communication and relations with the youth and their families,” said Lt. Robert Osborne of the Community Relations Division of the Bristol Police Department.

According to the organization, officers spend about 12 hours a week at Cambridge Park housing development interacting with the youth to build positive relationships between police officers and their families. 

Participants are members of the Boys and Girls Club of Bristol and depending on their ages and preferences, sports include baseball, basketball and kickball. This year, the program also added martial arts training.

This year, nearly 30 to 40 participants, ages 7 through high school, participated in the program with the Bristol School Resource Officers overseeing the different sports programs throughout the summer.

This program is made possible each summer through a grant from the Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation which helps to fund the supplies for each sport. This year the grant will also fund scholarships for youth to participate in the Cops and Kids Martial Arts program for six months at the Ascension Athletics facility.

“The City of Bristol is grateful to Thomaston Savings Bank Foundation for awarding this grant to the Police Department every year. It allows the participants in this program to build their physical fitness and athletic skills while supporting their social and emotional development as they grow to have respect for themselves and their peers in the community,” said Dawn Leger, grants administrator for the City of Bristol.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General Sports on Monday, 29 August 2022 15:44. Updated: Monday, 29 August 2022 15:47.