Kickball tournament held at park where children were killed to raise awareness for domestic violence

Six teams competed in the Kick Against Domestic Violence tournament at Bill Cockrell Park.
Published: Oct. 21, 2022 at 11:06 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2022 at 7:55 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office hosted a kickball tournament Saturday, Oct. 22.

Other law enforcement agencies in the parish also participated.

Six teams competed in the Kick Against Domestic Violence tournament at Bill Cockrell Park, located at 4109 Pines Road. This is the same park where a man kidnapped two children, then shot and killed them and himself as part of a domestic incident.

[Man, 2 children die in murder-suicide]

TEAMS COMPETING

  • Purple Reign - District Attorney’s Special Victims Unit
  • Purple Mambas - District Attorney’s Child Support Section
  • Purple Protectors J - Shreveport Police Department
  • Purple Hearts - Shreveport City Marshal’s Office
  • Purple Warriors - Project Celebration

One of the spectators happened to be a survivor of domestic violence who wants to help others going through the same thing.

“I started Raise Your Voice in 2016 to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual abuse, to prevent it from happening to other people,” Jidedjra Williams said. “Because I was silent about what happened to me.

“I want to help be a voice for the voiceless to bring awareness to this issue. I got counseling, I went to support groups. I started doing a lot of self-worth and putting myself in positions to be heard and be seen.”

All proceeds were donated to Project Celebration. The D.A.’s office says they plan on hosting another tournament next year.