You Got Game?
Police Take On Public In
by R. George Linton
Forget the Philadelphia 76ers pre-season swoop of all-star Elton Brand, the
biggest basketball story of the summer will be taking place this weekend in
Law-enforcement officials will don their best long baggies and sweats as they go
head to head against street basketball players in the district.
FOUNDER of Peace Not Guns, Kenyatta Johnson, pictured here at last years
Basketball Tourney between Police and Public at Chew Playground. Johnson will
host 3rd annual event at Chew Playground, 19th and Ellsworth Street, on
Peace Not Guns & the Point Breeze Youth Development Basketball League will host
the 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Basketball Tournament.
The fun matchup is a move to increase community and police relations through
promoting violence prevention and peace among the youth, according to its
founder Kenyatta Johnson.
“A solid relationship between the community and law enforcement is essential to
stemming the violence plaguing our streets,” said Johnson, Founder of Peace Not
Guns. “This event will help strengthen those relations in a fun and positive
The Tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Chew
Playground, located at 19th & Ellsworth Streets.
The tournament will consist of youth from the Point Breeze community playing
members of the Guardian Civic League of the Philadelphia Police Dept.
The event will also consist of a 3-point shoot out and slam dunk contest. Judges
of the contest will be Traffic Court Judge Willie Singletary, Sharif Street,
Esq., and State Representative candidate, Vanessa Brown.
“Our youth must work together to ensure the streets of this community remain
violence free,” added Johnson. “It is the goal of Peace Not Guns to eliminate
the use of guns and violence among the youth through education, mentoring, and