THE REVERE ADVOCATE – FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022 Page 11 Malden and Revere High School students team up with police to play ball By Tara Vocino M ultiple agencies throughout Revere and Malden collaborated to provide a comprehensive program with a focus on building a healthy community last Friday night at Revere High School. As part of the Revere Cares Mini Grant series, the Revere Police Activities League (PAL), the Revere Police Department, Revere Parks and Recreation and the Revere/Malden High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams engaged in on court competition, lectures and discussions with Revere police offi cers and other community building activities. The boys’ and girls’ teams from Lynn English High School, Winthrop High School and Malden High School joined the Revere High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams for a successful evening of events. Revere Police Chief David Callahan addressed the participants and credited the student athletes for their dedication and commitment for attending the event on a Friday night during school vacation week. PAL Director Kris Oldoni said Pictured from left to right: Top row: Head Coach Robert Pizzi, Anna Yak, Olivia Rodrigues, Madison Cook, Nevaeh Cherilus, Isabel Jones, Ina Tolete, and Assistant Coaches Rick Rock and Michael Innocenti; back row: Angie Colon, Maritza Ramos-Perez, Victoria Gammon, Kimberly Trophas, Chrissy Pawlin and Aamaya Johnson. the large turnout of student athletes and the level of positive engagement was a good indication of what youths are looking for in activities and programming. “As a community, it is very important for us to provide the necessary supports and offer programming that provides a variety of opportunities for positive interactions in a safe environment,” Oldoni said. Positive relationships are often at the center of success, as is the case with the Revere High Malden High School student Peyton Carron (at left) blocks the ball from a Winthrop High School player. (Advocate photos by Tara Vocino) School boys’ and girls’ basketball coaches, the PAL and the Revere Police Department. Revere High Girls’ Basketball Coach Christopher Porazzo worked for Revere PAL as a high school student athlete; now he is able extend his vision while collaborating with local agencies as he builds a successful program at the high school level. Boys’ Basketball Coach David Leary has played an important role in the PAL program as well as supportPLAY BALL | SEE Page 12 Winthrop High School players, pictured from left to right: Top row: Head Coach Welvis Acosta, Mark Johnson, Demetri Koustafl akis, Ryan Harris and Jack Hurley; back row: Nicholas Cappuccio, George Galuris and Andrew Faretra. PAL Director Kris Oldoni said the tournament fostered positive relationships between police offi cers and students. Revere High School baseball players supported the softball players. Pictured from left to right: Sal DeAngelis, Ollie Svendsen, Chris Cassidy, Bella Stamatopolous, Isabella Qualtieri, Lilian Murcia Calderon, Arianna Greenman, Luiza Santos, Jordan Martelli, Emma Cassinello, Lea Doucette, Juanma, Christopher Cassidy, Pat Keefe Jr., Andrew Leone, Domenic Boudreau and Christopher Cecca. At left: Revere Police Lt. Glenn Malley, Sgt. Milton Alfaro, Revere Police Offi cer John Kingston, Revere High School Athletic Director Frank Shea, Malden High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Jason Surpris, PAL Director Kris Oldoni, Brian Taylor, Revere High School Boys’ Basketball Coach David Leary, educator Brian Taylor and Revere High School Assistant Coach John Leone. In front: Revere Police Chief David Callahan with Malden, Revere and Winthrop High School basketball players.

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