Just a few weeks before the back-to-school bell rang, nearly forty young Braintree residents and their families gathered at Braintree Village to celebrate the end of this year’s Building Bridges Basketball Program. Residents from Braintree Village and the Skyline Drive Apartments – two Braintree housing complexes managed by local real estate firm, Peabody Properties, Inc. – assembled for an awards ceremony complete with trophies, a DVD of memorable program highlights, pizza, cookies, ice cream and a whole lot of fun.
For the past five summers, this interactive community program – funded through MassHousing grants and supported by the Braintree Police Department – has given children ages five to seventeen from Braintree Village and the Skyline Drive Apartments the opportunity to improve their basketball skills through weekly practices and games. In addition to developing many new friendships, the children were introduced to mentors and role models from the Braintree Police Department and their own apartment complexes.
Peabody Properties representative and Resident Service Coordinator, Kristen Brophy, expressed the firm’s gratitude to the Braintree Police Department, resident volunteers, Vernell Milton and Kelin Alves, First Students Transportation, WeCast Productions and the Braintree Village Tenant Service Organization Board members for their ongoing support. “We are pleased to announce that the Building Bridges Basketball Program has successfully completed its fifth year. Without the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers, the children would not have enjoyed such a valuable and positive experience. We look forward to continuing and expanding this tradition next year,” said Brophy.