Photo: Stop the Violence Camp

Posted On: 07/30/20 7:56 AM

The first annual Stop the Violence Showcase that took place on Chicago’s west side this past weekend did precisely what it said it was going to do. On that day, at that location, during the time the athletes competed—violence ceased to exist. The athletes were safe and given a chance not to  think about the ills they face in their communities on the daily. Instead, they got an opportunity to build comradery with other players from across the city. They also got a chance to receive valuable instruction from coaches/trainers with the athlete’s best interest at hand. See sports has always been considered a microcosm of our society, that’s why it’s a win-win when a kid can be taught life lessons while playing a sport they love. If you can teach a kid to be disciplined on the football field, then he can be disciplined in life.

This camp was way bigger than just having athletes showcase their talent. The good people who put this camp together completed a considerable task; they gathered a bunch of kids on the football field in one of the toughest cities in the country, and on that day, at that particular location, during the

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