Jan 24, 2019

IBPO Local 364 Supports Local Martial Arts Mentoring Program

Published on MassLive.com
Written by Lucas Ropek

SPRINGFIELD - A youth mentoring program run by a local police officer received a big financial boost Thursday night.

“The School of the Noble Warrior” provides both mentoring and martial arts training to at-risk youth in Springfield and is run by longtime Springfield officer Ahmad Sharif.

Executive Board members of 364 Gives, the Charitable Foundation of the Springfield Patrolman’s Union, Local IPBO 364 presented Sharif with a check for $7,500 Thursday night at Elias Brookings School, where classes usually take place. Sharif is also a member of Local IPBO 364.

“This assistance from the union helps a lot,” he said. “It’s hard at first, but if you keep plugging away you have people recognize your work.”
Sharif, who has been an officer with the Springfield Police Department for over 20 years, first started giving classes to a handful of youth out of his basement in 2005. It began, he said, as an attempt to help families in the community whose children needed guidance and structure. Over a decade later, the program has grown to include dozens of local youth.

Sharif said Thursday that the program was satisfying because it was a way to give assistance to those in need. “The satisfaction is that its helping people,” he said, of the program. “Its helping people who need the most help.”
 
Sharif said in the future he hoped the program could continue to grow and serve more young people. “We strive,” he said.



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Photo via masslive.com - Ahmad Sharif, Springfield police officer and creator of "The School of the Noble Warrior," receives a check from the Springfield Patrolman’s Union, Local IPBO 364. Pictured with Sharif (left to right): union official Shawn Kear
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