AS OF 2018, THE LAKES REGION ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE IN EFFORTS WITH THE LACONIA POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION HAS DISTRIBUTED $4,000 TO AREA STUDENTS TO FURTHER THEIR EDUCATION!
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In 2017, the Laconia Police Officers’ Association looked to take a bigger role in the community. The association wanted to become stronger with the citizenry of the Lakes Region. Around the same time, a few officers decided that they wanted to organize an adult basketball league to have a fun but have a competitive venue to play basketball. After a few meetings the idea was thought of that we could meld the two ideas together and it seemed to work!
The inaugural season started in February 2017 with 6 teams. The season went off as a success and the creation of the Lakes Region Adult Basketball League was born! Our first year we were able to give three scholarships totaling $2,000.
THE DONALD KIMTIS COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP FUND
While the league filled the market for competitive basketball play, the Officers’ Association wanted to take this opportunity to create a Scholarship Fund whose focus was on community service. Named after Retired Master Patrol Officer Donald Kimtis, this scholarship fund aimed at encouraging and rewarding one’s sense of community service regardless of their chosen future profession. The Officers’ Association could not find a better namesake for this scholarship fund and are grateful Don allowed us to honor him this way.
During his full-time career at Laconia PD, he would be in the school’s teaching our youth about the dangers of drugs as a DARE Officer or at a Police Explorer meeting guiding future officers long after his shift ended. Don’s strong commitment to youth sports, specifically hockey, was evident and could be seen on the ice often either coaching or officiating. Today you can occasionally find Don working a part-time shift in the Weirs Beach area as he has become a staple of the summertime scene in the tourist area. We hope that all people, officers and citizenry alike take a page from Don’s book and really commit themselves to the community that they live in and serve.