If one young person gets to know another through a basketball tournament, they will be less likely to shoot each other, according to Philadelphia CeaseFire director Marla Davis-Bellamy, when we interviewed her before a tournament last year.
After the event, a rare Saturday night and Sunday morning passed with no shooting victims reported across Philadelphia.
And data show that the strategy has been successful in Chicago as well.
Now, Philadelphia CeaseFire is hosting another tournament:
Wednesday, October 8th, from 6-9 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, at 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia.
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In 2012, the Gun Crisis Reporting Project spent a few hours walking through sections of North Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion Tuesday night with Philadelphia CeaseFire — wearing orange — and other groups taking to the streets for National Night Out.