By Char-lai Newkirk
In an effort to unite our community in saving its future and its greatest treasure, Not Another Child (NAC), a Bedford-Stuyvesant –based nonprofit group, will host the King Ron Playing 4 Change Tournament, Saturday, August 25, 2012 (12:00noon – 7pm) at Banneker Playground on Lafayette and Marcy Aves. in BK, NY. The public is welcome to come out and cheerin-the-neighborhood “dream team” athletes who are encouraging our youth to shoot for the hoops – to pick up a ball instead of a gun.
Now in its 6th year, the event is one of the most popular community advocacy initiatives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community. “The goal this year for P4C is to give youth and young adults a safe haven within a wholesome environment to play sports and send a positive message about peace and unity to the community,” says NAC founder Oresa Napper-Williams, whose Olympic-sized heart overlooks the wealth of media attention given to celebrity athletes and the dearth of coverage for her beyond-noble campaign.
In addition to the playoffs, the daylong sports showcase will offer: a panel discussion focusing on community involvement; a back-to-school supplies giveaway; health and employment resources and information; the wares of local vendors, food, fun and games for the entire family.
Mrs. Napper –Williams founded the youth advocacy organization after the untimely death of her son Andrell Napper, an innocent bystander who was gunned down at the Marcy Projects.
“The organization’s missions are to support grieving families who have had similar experiences work together to develop strategies for violence intervention and establish meaningful partnerships and collaborations with schools, families and other community organizations,” says Mrs. Napper-Williams.
Each year, community youth play together on different sports teams while enjoying live entertainment. Several schools, businesses and community organizations are present to offer their support and services.
For more information, call 718-635-0013.