Chicago, IL –(ENEWSPF)—August 27, 2018
By: James Lewis, Communications Director, Congresswoman Robin Kelly
Congresswoman Robin Kelly participated in the Kelly Klassic, a newly-formed basketball tournament Saturday hosted on Chicago’s South Side. The event drew more than 100 people.
The tournament was designed to foster improved community-police relations and reduce conflicts and divisions through the universal language of sports and teamwork. Chicagoans of all ages had the opportunity to play alongside former NBA players Kendall Gill, Jeff Sanders, Shawn Marion, Paul Macpherson, and a host of ex-pros and overseas players.
“We need more opportunities to come together as Chicagoans. Opportunities to get to know one another and understand the challenges that we all face,” said Congresswoman Kelly. “Nearly everyone has a story of how gun violence has affected them and their families. At events like this, we all come together and realize that we have much more in common than that which divides us. In that realization, we find the seeds of greater understanding and an end to the violence.”
The event was organized by the National Minority Quality Forum and hosted at South Shore High School in Chicago.
In addition to serving as head coach of the Kelly All-Stars, Congresswoman Kelly is a vice chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force and a member of the bipartisan Policing Strategies Working Group, which recently hosted a meeting in Chicago.