State Police form Unity Basketball League for Girls in honor of Private Tamar Bucci, who was killed in an accident

The flyer said teams from Brockton, West Bridgewater and Foxborough will participate in the league.

And the newly formed league, according to the flyer, complements active Unity Basketball League men’s divisions in Brockton, Fall River, Chicopee, Worcester and Boston.

The flyer added that the Unity Basketball League is part of the state police’s TEAM initiative to connect law enforcement and youth through sports.

State Police Detective Lt. Anthony Dear, who coordinates the agency’s youth sports leagues, praised the now-expanded basketball league in a phone interview Wednesday.

“We are always looking for ways to connect with the community,” Dear said, adding that the soldiers wanted to provide an outlet for children. “Given the past two years, we felt it was time to heal, to bring both parties together,” which prompted the launch of the TEAM initiative.

Dear said 250 children signed up for the program last summer in Roxbury, and the league gained popularity once program volunteers began assembling “mixtapes” featuring video footage of participants. The mixtapes can be found on Instagram @mspteams.

“News traveled” quickly once the clips started going viral, Dear said, and the program grew to include six other community centers in Boston, allowing volunteers to start a travel league around the city. .

“We found a way to connect with the kids,” Dear said of the mixtape project.

He said state police decided to name the girls’ league for Bucci based on her background.

“I learned that Private Bucci has dedicated his life to fitness and also to service to his community,” Dear said, adding that the agency’s partners in the Bucci league are the State Police Association. of Massachusetts, the office of Plymouth District Attorney Timothy Cruz, the Brockton Police Department, the Boys & Girls Club, and New Heights Charter School.

Members of his family, officials and approximately 2,000 law enforcement personnel paid their respects to Bucci at his funeral in Revere on March 9, remembering his devotion to duty, his love for his family and his friends and the joy it brought to all.

“She is now protecting us all from above, and I am confident that we will continue to feel her presence here on Earth,” Bucci’s father-in-law Jim Burditt said, speaking to mourners filling the l Saint Anthony of Padua Church.

Six female soldiers who graduated with Bucci from the State Police Academy two years ago served as porters. They were members of the 85th Recruit Training Troop, the first who didn’t have to cut their hair short to attend the rigorous academy.

At her funeral, the female soldiers marked another milestone with their sister in blue. They were the first all-female pallbearer contingent at a Massachusetts funeral service, state police said.

“He was a really good person,” State Police Col. Christopher Mason said before the service. “Someone you would want to have as a colleague, someone you would want to represent for your agency, and someone you would want to serve the public. She was truly a soldier for the times we now live in.

Bucci, who was born in Melrose, graduated from Andover High School. She had worked as a personal trainer and in casino security before landing her “dream job” as a state trooper, her family said.

Bucci is the 22nd Massachusetts State Trooper to die in the line of duty.

Material from The Associated Press and earlier Globe articles have been used in this report.


Travis Andersen can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.

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