LOWELL — NBA star Terance Mann of the Los Angeles Clippers made a surprise appearance at a basketball camp hosted by the Lowell Police Youth Services Program.
The program was offered to city youth in grades 5-8 during the April school vacation week.
Lowell Police offered the camp in conjunction with Lowell Public Schools, UMass Lowell and the Afro-American Community Collaborative for three days during last week’s school vacation, with lunch provided to attendees.
“Lowell Public Schools is fortunate to have community partners who are so dedicated to the physical, emotional and social well-being of our students,” said Superintendent of Schools Joel Boyd, and thanked them for offering this opportunity to students.
“These partnerships are an important way for our youth to build relationships with trusted adults in the community, as well as improve their skills and have a good time,” Boyd said. “And they met Terance Mann, a kid from Lowell who worked extremely hard and hasn’t forgotten where he came from – it’s just brilliant.”
Mann, who came to camp last Wednesday afternoon, signed autographs for the students and answered their questions.
Born in Brooklyn, Mann moved to Lowell in fifth grade and attended Bartlett and Sullivan Schools before attending Tilton School in New Hampshire. As a youth, he played basketball at Father Maguire and Shedd Parks and at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell. He said he considers Lowell his hometown.
Mann, who earned a bachelor’s degree in social science with a minor in criminal justice from Florida State University, reminded students to work hard in school and in the field. He said he had to maintain good grades in high school and college to play basketball.
The camp is one of many initiatives organized by the Lowell Police Youth Services Program, which aims to create opportunities for all young people in the city to participate in free after-school activities, sports and other projects that focus on health and wellness, while experiencing positive interactions with police officers.
“I want to thank all of our community partners for working with the Lowell Police Department on another great youth program for the City of Lowell, where teamwork, partnerships and dedication to youth are key to our city’s success,” the interim said. Police Commissioner Barry Golner. “I specifically want to thank Sgt. Mike Marshall, Officer Mindy Dower, Officer Kyle Van, Officer Jose Santiago and Sgt. Joe Kelly for their work with students and community partners, as well as Robin Desmond, Director of Public Schools Studies from Lowell.
Camp instructors included members of the Lowell Police Department, the Lowell High School girls’ basketball and travel teams, and the UMass Lowell men’s and women’s basketball teams. Students participated in drills to improve their shooting, ball handling, passing and other skills, while building positive relationships with police and other community leaders.
“These activities empower our youth by providing constructive outlets to grow and learn, providing children with the opportunity to develop basic skills and basketball fundamentals while building teamwork and developing character and confidence,” said Rob Mitchell of the Afro-American Community Collaborative. . “The foundation of our community is our unwavering pride and endless support from great young men in Lowell like Terance Mann, Romello Crowell, Julian Scott and community partners like the Lowell Police Department, Lowell Public Schools, High School Lowell and UMass Lowell. ”
For more information about the Afro-American Community Collaborative, visit aacommunitycollab.com.