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Nike partners with Saint Sabina to train youth

Posted by Admin On August - 6 - 2013


Pfleger sees ‘peace and love’ in community

By Chinta Strausberg

Saying he is so grateful to Nike for sponsoring a “Nike Clinic” for both grade and high school students held at the Saint Sabina ARK and for bringing out two former NBA players who gave a pep talk and taught life skills, Father Michael L. Pfleger Saturday said this is the first of several programs Nike will put on for the youth.

“I am so grateful for Nike for coming out. It was a positive thing having all of these skills being thought by professional coaches. They fed the kids. They gave them a shirt, gave them skills, gave them all this attention and brought out Bobby Simmons, Sonny Parker, former NBA players to come out and spend time talking to them,” said Father Pfleger.

In looking out over the youth listening to the former NBA players, Pfleger said, “We do good things at Saint Sabina. This is one of the best…. This is hopefully the beginning of many more things we want to do with the Nike group.”

Nike officials trotted out former NBA stars Bobby Simmons and Sonny Parker who gave pep talks to the youth. Simmons, who graduated from Simeon High School and who was a DePaul player has been a professional ballplayer for more than a decade, but now he has turned his attention to his businesses.

Simmons, who grew up in CHA’s Altgeld Gardens , told the students he was driven by perfecting his game and how he practiced day and night until he felt he was the best he could be.

He took those same sports principles and applied it to opening businesses that include printing, clothing and marketing companies including real estate.

Father Pfleger is still planning his September 21, 2013 peace tournament. It will be his second annual tournament following his September 15, 2012 peace accord he struck with four rival gangs in the Auburn Gresham community.

Asked about the peace in the community since that peace pact, Pfleger said, “The peace is continuing, but it’s not just the peace in the community but the great spirit in the community right now. Every time we go out on Friday night, we get great responses, support and gratefulness from the community. It’s one thing to have peace and another thing to have love and I’m seeing the love out there right now…peace and love,” he said.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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