The first annual Hoops Against Violence event this weekend was a great Harlem community success attended by over 300 people.Post-prison reentry program Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) and Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE) hosted a successful first Hoops Against Violence tournament attended by more than 300 Harlem youth on Saturday. New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito was on hand and pledged to continue working with GOSO and SAVE to help East Harlem, Diana Ayala gave a moving speech about the effects gun violence can have on a community, and NBA Cares Ambassador Felipe Lopez helped GOSO participants get ready with a pre-game pep talk.
The kids were also joined by the Brooklyn Nets Team Hype for an acrobatic dance performance, and fun was had by all as the community came together for a day of excitement, athletics, food, music and teamwork to raise awareness against violence.
Photo c1: Jahmal Brooks (center)! 2: GOSO vs. GOSO game. 3: Mark Goldsmith, Diana Ayala. 4: Omar Jackson (third from right), Melissa Mark-Viverito. 5:Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mark Goldsmith. 6: Felipe Lopez and participants.