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Windy City Hoops – Does It Help Stop Some Of The Violence?


I may not be a full-time resident but I am a native to Chicago and in that time I have been aware of many programs, long-term and temporary, that have had the primary goal of protecting youth throughout Chicago.

Isiah Thomas has been working with Mayor Rahm Emanuel since last summer to expand the park district’s Windy City Hoops program. The program was originally seasonal and has been changed to a year-round schedule offering  boys and girls 13 to 18 a place to play organized basketball on Friday and Saturday nights. So far, the program was launched at 10 parks within the past month on the south and west sides. The park districts that have the programs were mainly based on the level of crime occurring in the neighborhoods as well as low income family statuses. Each location is meant to  field a minimum of eight teams of 10 for each of four sessions during the year. Funding for the expanded program is accrued through individuals that are seeking an advancement of safety for youth.

Projects like this are very expensive and many youth are possibly unaware of the opportunity. Also, this could be another attempt by government officials involved to look good (pending the recent CPS building shut downs). I am simply saying this is a great opportunity that I hope actually works, but there have been so many times where programs that could help the community have been underfunded and then youth have no choice but to either stay in the house or go out into the streets. What do you think?


You can get more details on Windy City Hoops by watching this video created by the park district:

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