Hoop Don’t Shoot basketball tourney gets underway in Shreveport
Goal is to help stop the often deadly violence in the city
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The city of Shreveport hosted the first round of its Hoop Don’t Shoot basketball tournament Saturday, July 16.
Hoop Don’t Shoot was organized by Leon Wheeler with the goal of the stop-the-violence initiative is for youths and young adults to shoot hoops, not each other.
“It was a great way to support the kids and let the kids know that we do care and that we do want to be engaged with their activities,” said Monro Brown, who’s business participated in the event.
Teams compete in two age groups: 12-16 years old and 16-23 years old.
Several businesses participated, providing career opportunities and a number of services, like counseling.
“I encourage the adults to talk to the children. Listen to the children,” said Laverne Brentley, a licensed professional counselor with Pelican Bayou Counseling Agency.
“Give them the opportunity and an outlet to express their emotions in a healthy manner.”
Representing the U.S. Army was recruiter Staff Sgt. Magali Cabrera.
“I’m here to give the kids another career, something they can look forward to whenever they grow up. Something that can motivate them.”
Hoop Don’t Shoot is sponsored by the city’s Office of Fair Share in partnership with the Shreveport Police Department.
“For Seniors First, of course, it was a great opportunity to be a part of this,” Brown said. “It was a great way of creating community engagement, bringing the business owners together to put the teams together. The business owners were great; they were very cooperative, very supportive.”
The tournament will continue every Saturday throughout July.
The games Saturday were played at A.B. Palmer Recreation Center and Airport Park, Lakeside Park and Southern Hills community centers.
The winners of those matches will play Saturday, July 23, starting at 9 a.m. at David Raines Recreation Center and Bilberry Park Community Center.
The final games will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 30 at Princess Park.
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