For Immediate Release
Contact: Lindsay Corcoran 508-368-7252 or 774-670-8811
FITCHBURG – Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr. donated funds for the Fitchburg Athletic Department today as part of his Drug Forfeiture Community Reinvestment program.
The program uses money seized from drug crimes to provide funds for youth-focused community initiatives in Worcester County.
“Through this program, we can put the money that once helped drug dealers bring poison into our neighborhoods to help build up our communities,” Mr. Early said. “I’m proud to support the Fitchburg Athletic Department, specifically the girls’ softball and volleyball teams, in the effort to provide quality equipment so kids will want to continue playing sports. Keeping kids busy from 3 to 6 p.m. is one of our best crime prevention tools. With its sports programs, Fitchburg Athletics helps kids form healthy habits and keeps them around responsible coaches who can help them make the right choices.”
District Attorney Early was joined by Mayor Stephen DiNatala and State Rep. Michael Kushmerek is presenting this check to Fitchburg’s Director of Athletics Craig Antocci.
As a result of the money already contributed to these youth initiatives over the past 15 years Mr. Early has been in office and other crime prevention efforts, juvenile delinquency rates have decreased by more than 70 percent since 2007.
Money is donated to various programs across Worcester County based on a grant application process. In the past, funding from these programs has gone to Boys and Girls Clubs, little leagues and youth sports programs, the Mass Audubon Society, various art programs and many more.