Shoot Hoops Not Guns returns for its third consecutive year to raise awareness of gun violence, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 7:15 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), Highland Park High School, 102 North Fifth Ave.
This year’s free hoop-shooting contest is a collaboration between the Highland Park Police Department and Ashton Burrell, Highland Park’s well known community leader and founder of LIVE (Life In Visions of Evolutions) Mentorship along with The Hometown Hero Club. They are coming together in support of community and to put a stop to gun violence. This year alone there have been 23,563 reported gun related incidents and 6,219 fatalities in United States.
“The effort put into this event each year and the outpouring in response from our community shows the reciprocity and fervor we collectively have to ensure our kids are safe and it is critical that Highland Park continues to make our community aware as a preventative measure. No more lives need to be lost!” said Mr. Burrell.
The evening’s events will be to educate the community on gun violence and remember those who have passed. There will also be surprise celebrity guests, community leaders, and the Highland Park Police Department in attendance to participate and support the players.
“Every day our officers are working to build relationships in our community. There is no relationship more important than that we have with our youth. This event is another opportunity to strengthen our bond and build trust with our young residents,” said Chief Abrams.