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Local organization “tip off” aims to stop youth violence

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2012

Sports The Business Hosts Anti-Violence Basketball Tournament to provides outlet for Chicago youth
CHICAGO, IL – In an effort to stop the violence impacting inner city youth and to promote education, Sports The Business, an organization created to positively impact the lives of inner city youth, will host an anti-violence citywide basketball tournament on August 24 through 25 to kick-off their “Start the Elevation-Raise the Expectation” initiative.
 A total of twenty-eight teams which include young men between the ages of 16 to 20 from inner city neighborhoods will participate in the tournament competing for the title. The event, open to the public, will also provide additional activities for attendees to enjoy such as free haircuts, free back to school physicals and local entertainment.
Since 40 percent of African-American students don’t graduate from high school1, Sports The Business is committed to engaging African-American youth in a fun way – through basketball – to reconnect with them in their current life stage to provide the infrastructure necessary to promote education and ensure students have the opportunity to excel academically to prepare for college or higher education.
“The youth are our future and we feel it is our obligation to start the process of elevating them, using basketball as the catalyst,” said Konyia Clark, Executive Director. “We will use this popular sport to expose kids to tools that will help them make informed decisions while teaching them the business of basketball and showing the endless opportunities that the sport has to offer, not just on the court.”
As a part of the “Start the Elevation-Raise the Expectation” initiative, participants will take part in seminars and workshops through a 12-month period and will learn how to use the skills and drills of basketball in practical life application to help them build a solid infrastructure for life. Sports The Business has recruited volunteers that will speak the language of the young adults to help get them excited about the program activities that are on and off the court.  Workshops and seminars will promote education, team work and a strong self esteem.
“I’m excited to be partnering with this organization to help our youth. It is important that we give students an alternative to hanging out on the streets and Sports The Business is committed to doing just that. They are not only engaging the students in the community, but their parents and teachers as well;” Said Sixth Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer.
To keep students motivated, parents are encouraged to invest time and resources in their child’s overall success in the program. Sports The Business will collaborate with schools, parents and students to monitor and motivate educational progress.
For more information on the Anti-Violence Citywide Basketball Tournament and Sports The Business Initiatives, visit www.sportsthebusiness.org.  
About Sports The Business
Sports The Business is an organization formed by the community for the community to positively impact the lives of inner city youth using the popular sport of basketball as the vehicle.  The goal of the organization is to cultivate and expose individuals who wouldn’t necessarily have access to tools to help them make better informed decisions. We emphasize basic life virtues, values and disciplines and show the parallels that they have to sports in an effort to stop violence, remove the spirit of lack and fear and ultimately elevating the thought processes of our inner city youth. For more information on Sports The Business visit www.sportsthebusiness.org 
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