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VIPD’s ‘Basketball Fete’ Provides At-Risk Teenagers A Chance To Interact With Each Other In A Healthy, Safe And Social Environment

BASKETBALL FETE: The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) provided a healthy setting for youngsters to interact with each other in peace — and get exercise and a free meal into the bargain.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said today that at least 60 teenagers participated in a basketball tournament that celebrated conflict resolution in the territory.

On Saturday May 13, 2017 the VIPD held an all-day basketball tournament called “Basketball Fete” at the Charlotte Amalie High School (CAHS) gymnasium and was outreach intended to show youths that crime does not pay.

The basketball Fete was initiated by Chief Jason Marsh’s office in collaboration with the Crime Prevention and the School Security Teams of the VIPD.

“They know that they we cannot do it alone and it will take all of us to work together in this endeavor,” Chief Marsh said.

The fete was well attended by parents, students and support by VIPD officers. The one-day event included teenagers from all different schools and neighborhoods.

Motivational speakers, Neville Williams, from the Family Resource Center and Chief Marsh each spoke with the students and young adults who attended. Breakfast and lunch was provided for this all-day event.

All the students received medals at the end of the tournament for their effort, participation and attitude. The winning team Regulators won the tournament out of the 4 teams: Enforcers took 2nd place; Survival was in 3rd place; and Guidance was next in 4th place.

The most valuable player was awarded to Malvern Williams and Benjamin Berry  received the Sportsman award. Each player is an 11th grader at the CAHS.

Coach/Mentor Myron Corbett assisted the VIPD in organizing the teams and the games.

To hear how police reported this incident in an audio reading in an official press release read by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte press play below:


BASKETBALL FUN DAY: The brainchild of St. Thomas Police Chief Jason Marsh and the Family Resource Center’s Neville Williams was considered a rousing success by all who participated that day.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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