KENWOOD — Shoesmith Elementary School is hosting a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to try to raise enough money for arts and health programming.
"Shoesmith was notified that our budget will be cut again, approximately $63,000,” Principal Sabrina Gates said in an email. “So we are taking matters into our own hands.”
Gates said the school at 1330 E. 50th St. has partnered with the Sports Factory Foundation, which provides free sports and dance lessons for students at the school, to try to raise $15,000 at the Nov. 16 tournament for more arts instruction.
Teams of three players and one alternate ages 18 to 40 can enter the tournament for $100. The top team will win $500. Registration for teams will start at 9 a.m. and the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone Ave. Tickets are $2.
Shoesmith has faced budget cuts from Chicago Public Schools and has cut the Suzuki music training courses and other programs. Gates said the school has now lost an additional $63,000 in state and federal support.