SCHENECTADY — Local law enforcement, along with a number of community organizations, will begin hosting the inaugural 518 Common Unity Cup, a five-week sporting event designed to build community, on Tuesday.
The five-week summer event will take place every Tuesday in August in locations throughout the city, with the first event taking place at Jerry Burrell Park in the Hamilton Hill neighborhood during National Night Out, an event designed to improve the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve.
“This is an exciting new event designed to promote activities for local youth and serve to strengthen bonds within our community,” Mayor Gary McCarthy said in a statement. “I thank all of the dedicated community partners who have made this possible.”
The event will take place at five different locations throughout the city and include a number of sporting events, including basketball, kickball, football, softball, dodgeball and field games, according to a news release.
As part of the initiative, community organizations will hold discussions on how to reduce gun violence.
“The Schenectady Police Department is committed to engaging with the community, building trust, and meeting their expectations,” Police Chief Eric Clifford said in a statement.
The event series is a community partnership between the City of Schenectady; Schenectady Police Department; Schenectady County Sheriff’s Office; Schenectady City School District; The Schenectady Foundation; Trustco Bank; Martin, Harding and Mazzotti; Rivers Casino; Common Unity LLC; Save Our Streets Inc.; C.O.C.O.A House Inc.; Congr Fitness; Lucid Voices; Restorative Mindset Inc.; Lightwork Athletics; Belmont Pop Warner and Ketchup Enterprise.
“This is a one-of-a-kind, five-week, five-location, five-sport initiative like no other! This is about community service and engagement, health and wellness, and fun,” said William Rivas, founder of Save Our Streets Inc.
The 518 Unity Cup will take each Tuesday in August from 4 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:
- Aug. 2 at Jerry Burrell Park
- Aug. 9 at Bellevue 4th Street Park
- Aug. 16 at Schenectady High School
- Aug. 23 at Central Park
- Aug. 30 at Mont Pleasant Middle School
Those interested in either volunteering or donating food, drinks or other supplies should contact Rivas at: 518-930-8308.