African-Americans are exposed to more tobacco advertising than whites, federal health officials say.
The league begins April 10 and all games will be played on Monday nights.
Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. for coffee and donuts before getting to work.
The rate is staggering because only 17 percent of Americans smoke.
Problems such as obesity and heart disease are higher among residents than in other neighborhoods.
But just 8 percent of the neighborhood's women were found to be obese, far below the national average.
More than two dozens residents are behind the proposal, which is still in early stages.
The survey also showed a "significant" number of Chicagoans don't get the care care they need.
Buildings along Edgewater and Hollywood avenues are currently being torn down.
A dozen schools from the 19th Ward formed running clubs last year and participated in the Ridge Run 5K.
The net population loss of 21,000 residents in 2016 was more than the drop of 14,000 the previous year.
"One summer he noticed our grass was overgrown and he came over and mowed it for us," neighbor said.
The fundraiser April 8 celebrates the life of Brendan Burke, 21, who died a year ago in a car crash.
Molly Thompson and Lauren Paul founded the campaign and visited with 160 girls in Morgan Park Tuesday.
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