Updated 09/02/2012 10:47 AM
Basketball Tournament Held To Send Anti-Violence Message
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Members of the clergy in Brooklyn are working to get kids off the streets and onto the basketball court.
A tournament was held at Marion Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday in the spirit of competition and anti-violence.
The Greater Highways and Hedges Church organized the event, which had the slogan “Shoot for Your Dreams, Not at Your Brother."
"Anti-violence is the goal here," said Bishop Al Jackson, a pastor at Greater Highways and Hedges Church. "It's not enough for us just to be outraged. We have to give our young people an alternative. So we are highlighting non-violence in conjunction with our community leaders."
"I do believe the kids are getting the message," said participant Trayvon Barnes. "We're supposed to be anti-violent. We're not supposed to shoot our friends, our brothers."
The tournament took place not far from where four teens were shot in July.
Teams were from Brownsville, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant.