St. Sabina Church will host its the third annual Peace Basketball Tournament, which tips off at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Ark of St. Sabina, 7800 S. Racine Ave.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina, said other coaches for the free event include former Simeon Career Academy High School star Jabari Parker, now of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Englewood native and Detroit Pistons star Will Bynum.
"Four teams made up of 12 players each will play each other for the championship," Pfleger said. "Keep this in mind: There may be players who are from different gangs playing on the same team. By creating this scenario it forces players to work together for a common cause and put their differences to the side, which is something people do every day while at work."
The winning team will receive iPads. Uniforms, including gym shoes are being sponsored by Adidas, Pfleger said.
WGCI FM personality Tony Sculfield will serve as the master of ceremonies and NBA Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas; former Chicago Bulls Craig Hodges and former Mt. Carmel High School basketball star Antoine Walker will also attend the game, Pfleger said.
But before the tournament begins, St. Sabina Church will hold its last summer peace march at 7 p.m. Friday at the church, 1210 W. 78th Place.
"We want to end the summer on a good note by having out last peace march," he said.
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