Peabody Properties, Braintree Police Department, Mayor Joseph Sullivan Recognize Achievements During Celebration

As many as 30 volunteers, staff and residents of Braintree Village – a 324-unit apartment community managed by full-service real estate firm Peabody Properties, Inc. – recently celebrated the conclusion of the annual Building Bridges Youth Basketball League with trophies and awards, certificates, a video chronicling the program, pizza, cake and tons of fun.

For nine years, the Building Bridges Youth Basketball League – a six-week, interactive program at Braintree Village funded through a MassHousing Youth Resident Activities Program grant and supported by the Braintree Police Department – has provided children, ages five through seventeen, with an opportunity to improve their basketball skills through weekly practices and games. The program introduces the young residents to new mentors and role models from the Braintree Police Department, Braintree Village and community, and helps them develop leadership and communications skills, build their self-esteem, and learn to respect themselves and others.

For the past three years, Braintree Police Department Officer Jamie Mosesso served as the head coach for the league. At the conclusion of the program, Officer Mosesso, Resident Service Coordinator Alan Rias and Administrative Assistant Gail Robertson were recognized for their hard work and commitment to the league. During a special ceremony, Mosesso, Rias and Robertson received citations from the Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts House of Representatives, Massachusetts Senate and Braintree Mayor’s Office.

According to Lynne Sales, Director of Resident Services at Peabody Properties, the annual basketball league gives the youth residents the opportunity to learn new skills, both on and off the court, from the dedicated volunteers and coaches.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with the Braintree Police Department and the support of our sponsors and volunteers,” said Sales. “It is because of their support that we are able to make this program possible and provide a fun-filled experience for so many youth residents. We hope to continue this program for years to come and can’t wait for next summer.”

Pictured above (left to right): Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan, Braintree Police Department Officer Jamie Mosesso and Peabody Properties Resident Service Coordinator Alan Rias.