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May 15, 2009

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Sheriff’s Department employees Monique Twitty, Lakia Fox, and Deputy Justin Plaza staffed a table at the recent USTA Tennis Block Party in Franklin Park.

Recently, members of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department joined with the Franklin Park Tennis Association (FPTA) at the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Tennis Block Party event held in Franklin Park at the Shattuck Grove Tennis Courts.

The Sheriff’s Department, along with the Boston Police K-9 Division, the Boston Fire Department, the South Leadership Academy, Mattapan Community Health Center, and various other organizations, participated at the scheduled four-hour long block party promoting tennis.

Deputy Justin Plaza and Sheriff’s Department employees Lakia Fox, and Monique Twitty administered the Sheriff’s Department Ident–a–Youth program and handed out safety tips activity books with Junior Deputy badges while talking with the families that came out to participate in free tennis lessons and other games and activities for all ages.

“In spite of the slow start of the day due to the weather, we’ve had a great turnout,” said Jeannie Laing, Program Director for the FPTA. “We’re glad that these organizations, including the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, came out to share their resources with the community.”

Looking to extend an invitation for families that want to learn about tennis, Laing said, “We hope families will come join us this summer for our free tennis lessons.” 

The Franklin Park Tennis Association is an 18 year-old grassroots community tennis association located in Boston’s Historic Franklin Park. FPTA offers tennis and tennis related programs outdoors on two full-size tennis courts at Boston’s Franklin Park. You can get additional information about the tennis programming they offer by visiting their website located at:

The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. It owns and operates the US Open, the largest annually attended sporting event in the world and, in 2004, launched the US Open Series which links 10 summer tournaments to the US Open. In addition, the USTA owns the 94 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S., and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. A not-for-profit organization with more than 670,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grassroots to the professional levels. Web information about the New England region of USTA can be found at:

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