Joakim Noah and his Noah’s Arc Foundation announced their new #ChicagoStandUp campaign on Friday. The campaign’s goal is to help curb the violence going on in Chicago.
Noah and his foundation have been working in the community for some years now. According to the foundation’s website, the mission is to help kids develop their full self. With a combination basketball and arts program, the foundation offers the opportunity to gain a sense of self and channel themselves into productive activities. Noah runs the foundation with his mother.
On Saturday Noah’s One City Basketball Tournament concluded. The tournament pits a South Side team against a West Side team. Although the teams are divided by sides, the tournament shows that we are just a part of one city and should be able to come together. The South Side, which came out victorious, was coached by Derrick Rose. The West Side was coached by the Rocket’s Patrick Beverley, who is a Chicago native. This tournament, which took place at the United Center, is another example of the foundation’s initiative at work in the city.
There has been some conversation about whether the campaign of a basketball player can really help with the outbreak of violence going on. I have two thoughts about that. 1. It certainly cannot hurt. 2. It should never be questioned whether a prominent figure in a society should step up and try to initiate changes in the community. What Noah is doing is great. He is using his platform and considerable means to help the city that he represents. People complain when basketball players and rappers do not give back to the community. The ones who do should be commended. At this point, we need all hands on deck to help change the climate in the cities and make sure that the streets are made safe. Instead of questioning the campaign, we should support it and see what we can do to get involved.
The campaign includes a PSA, which includes Noah, Rose and community leaders around the city. It speaks about what we need to stand up for in the city. The video is included below. For more information go to noahsarcfoundation.org.
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