Peace on da Streets tournament returns

Organizers of the annual Peace on da Streets Basketball tournament officially launched the countdown to the 23 rd edition of the event yesterday.

Action on the court begins on July 16 and runs through July 21. Like last year, nearly all of the matches will be played at the Hope Community Center. Only the championship games will be played at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs Gymnasium.

This year’s tournament will feature five divisions, starting from 13-under to open. There will also be a church division at this year’s event.

“We at the Hope Center and Youth Against Violence is committed to the continued fight against crime and violence in the country,” said tournament organizer Carlos Reid.

“We are committed to providing the youth with positive alternatives and solutions to help our young people discover their individual identities and turn from crime and violence.

“We have been and will continue to be in the trenches rescuing our youth from these anti-social dilemmas.”

Along with the regular five-on-five play, the Peace on da Streets Classic will also feature a Family Fun Night, which will feature all the title games, the Sunshine Auto 3-point contest, the Rubis Slam Dunk Contest and a celebrity game.

“The slam dunk contest continues to grow every year. We have last year’s champion Brandon ‘Werm’ Lacue from Fort Lauderdale, and also a lot of good local talent,” Reid added.

“The shootout is also a crowd pleaser because it allows more everyday people to get in the mix. You don’t necessarily have to be on a team or be able to dunk to join in on the action.