Shoe City Basketball Tournament Helps Police-Youth Relations

Last summer’s Shoe City Basketball tournament. (Courtesy photograph.)

Andy Vargas during the fShoe City Basketball tournament.   irst Shoe City Basketball tournament.

Andy Vargas during the first Shoe City Basketball tournament.

What is being called “a night to celebrate police-youth relations,” the second Shoe City Basketball tournament takes place next Monday night.

For the second time, the tournament is being sponsored by the Haverhill Police Department, Team Haverhill, Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP) team, Haverhill Boys and Girls Club, Power of Self Education (POSE) and City of Haverhill.

“Last year, over 100 youth turned out to the first Shoe City Basketball tournament, which was organized to celebrate and promote policy-youth relations in the City of Haverhill,” said

Vargas said he worked closely with Mayor James J. Fiorentini to use city money to pay for the tournament. “It is perhaps more important this year to continue to recognize the incredible efforts of our police department to develop relationships with the community — especially our youth,” he said.

The tournament takes place Monday, Aug. 8, 5 p.m., at Swasey Field. Haverhill residents ages 14 to 24 may register online at