Rockford basketball camp aims to squash violence with friendships

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A basketball camp in Rockford wants to hep curb violence in the city.

All high schoolers are invited to play basketball at the Blackhawk Boys and Girls Club. While the club wants the young athletes to have fun, it also wants to help them make a difference.

Organizers say violence in the area sometimes stems from people having rivalries with others who aren’t from their side of town. By introducing the kids to each other now, they hope they form friendships and bonds that will keep them from any rivalries in the future.

“It’s about mentoring because right now, we got a lot of violence going on in the community. So we are trying to talk to the kids to tell them to think first before they react and also to give them an opportunity to understand that education comes first,” said Artese Simmons, Boys & Girls Club Rockford Blackhawk Unit Junior Director.

The league starts on September 19. Games are every Thursday night for six weeks before the playoffs.

Kristin Crowley

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