For Immediate Release Contact: Andre Anderson Jr.
February 10, 2015
Mary’s Court Foundation, Cure Violence, Help USA, Pro Hoops NYC, and Connor Sports have joined efforts with local and national non-profit organizations, current and former NBA players, local and state elected officials, community leaders, and members of the clergy to host the New York City Peace Game on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Harlem PAL in New York City.

The New York City Peace Game will feature approximately 60 players from across the City competing in a tournament as well as a brief speaking program with special guests. This event looks to nurture and build cohesive relationships on and off the court. Sport has the power to bring people together, build leadership skills, and help foster living healthy and more active lives.

“Our goal is to put young people in the right places, put them in the hands of the right people, so they will choose a positive path” said Isiah Thomas, founder of Mary’s Court Foundation. “The New York City Peace Game affords these young men and women the opportunity to get to know each other on and off the court, and I am proud to work alongside other leaders and organizations to help our young people pursue opportunities in basketball, in academics, and in life.”

By unifying the community together around a game of basketball, we can break down some of the barriers that have been created by not knowing our neighbors. We are striving to create a safe space in New York City where young people can interact with community leaders with the hopes of establishing a consensus of mutual respect for everyone.

“Our mission is clear. Connor Sports Cares will highlight and support programs that strive to positively impact our youth, communities and their families” People don’t want to know how much you know, they want to know how much you care” said Jon Isaacs, GM/President of Connor Sports.

Cure Violence, through our local partners, is active throughout New York City, working to reduce violence using disease control and behavior change methods.

“We are proud of the choices these players from our local program sites in New York City have made to ‘Ball4Peace’,
said Gary Slutkin, M.D. Founder & Executive Director of Cure Violence. “I want to especially thank our partner organizations for their day-in, day-out work as effective messengers of behavior change in high risk communities throughout the city. They are extraordinarily committed change-agents who walk alongside high-risk youth all over New York City and help change behaviors every single day.”

By bringing teens and young adults together from all five Boroughs of the City for a basketball game during the
NBA All-Star Weekend, we will create a framework to spark a larger on-going dialogue with our young people.