Luis Acevedo, Director of STY speaks to young people at a recent event

Hoboken Teens to Compete in High-Profile Aug. 27 Event

HOBOKEN — The Hoboken Police Athletic League, Save the Youth Academy, City of Hoboken and Hoboken Housing Authority are proud to present the STY Academy’s Third Annual Summer Youth All Star Game at 5 p.m. Aug 27 on the basketball courts at Church Square Park/Fourth Street Park.

We invite the Hoboken community, including parents, friends, city officials and sponsors to come show support as our neighborhood’s children compete and showcase their talent. Participants ages 12 to 14 years old will play starting at 5 p.m., and 15- to 18-year-olds will play at 6 p.m.

The games are an integral component of the STY Academy’s “Summer Fun” league series in which teens participate in daily matches and get to build friendships while working off energy while they are out of school for the summer. STY co-founder and director Luis Acevedo runs the program with help from PAL director Bobby Gohde and funding and support from the City of Hoboken and Health and Human Services Department Director Leo Pellegrini.

“A strong team brings great success and a brighter future for our children and community,” Acevedo said.

The program has been effective at keeping Hoboken youth off the streets and actively engaged in generating positive energy during the dog days of summer.

“Programs like this are key to providing empowerment and focus for our neighborhood youth during the long, hot summer months, and to strengthening our community,” said STY Vice President Jake Stuiver, a member of the Hoboken Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.

The event’s rain date will be Aug. 31. PAL and STY Academy would like to thank its sponsors:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, state Assemblyman Ruben Ramos Jr., Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano Jr., Leo Pellegrini, Housing Authority Executive Director Carmelo Garcia and the HHA Board of Commissioners, Fourth Ward City Councilman Michael Lenz, HHA Commissioner Jake Stuiver, Mike Novak, Joe Branco, Hudson County Jaycees, Nepperhan Community Center, LoPiano Kenny & Stinson, Zog Sports, Angel and Wanda Alicea, Artesian Design Group, I-9 Sports, Hoboken Volunteers, Travel Car Service, Hoboken Business Center and Boys & Girls Club of Hoboken.

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