A HISTORY OF THE PEACE GAMES
Created in 2012 the Peace League began in partnership with St. Sabina Church – Mary’s Court (Isiah Thomas Charity), Noah’s Arc Foundation (Joakim Noah) and Connor Sports. The games have since evolved into an impactful stand against violence in the city of Chicago. Culminating, annually in the Peace Games, the Peace League’s mission is to mentor at-risk youth as a way of providing them with an outlet through the game of basketball. The Peace League has become a safe and friendly alternative for local teens and the community.
Currently, in its seventh year, the Peace League was born out of the 1st Annual Peace Game to provide year-round opportunities for young men in Auburn Gresham and the surrounding communities to build peaceful relationships that cross territorial boundaries and borders. By using the game of basketball and continuing with programs that extend off the court, Peace League encourages teens to complete GED classes, job readiness, and life skills, classes. The League provides financial counseling, help finding employment and pairing members with mentors to support and help them navigate turning their lives around.
Since its inception, the Peace Games has extended its impact beyond Chicago, organizing games in New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Los Angeles. The games have partnered with organizations such as the Lakers Youth Foundation and the Drew League and received support from current and former players such as Wayne Ellington, Theo Ratliff, and Dikembe Mutombo.
In the same breath, members of the Atlanta community wanted to better the relationship between its youth and the local police department. Spearheaded by Edsell Handberry, Ballin' 4 Peace Atlanta was created with The Atlanta Chapter of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and The Atalanta Police Department. This event was held in the fall of 2016 and 2017 serving over 400 kids and their parents.
This year, due to their kindred missions, Peace League has Partnered up with Baliin' 4 Peace ATL, The Atlanta Police Department, Connor Sports, The Atlanta Hawks, and Chick-fil-a to bring the game and peace to Atlanta.