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By Tayleigh Davis - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A city-wide crime awareness and prevention campaign wrapped up Sunday night. Organizers were thrilled with the number of athletes who participated in the Stop the Violence Hoopfest this weekend.

The Mitchell County Tar-Heels celebrate after winning their championship game as the Stop The Violence Hoopfest wraps up this weekend.

"We're trying to help the community stop the violence because there's too much crime going on in the community right now so we have to stop the violence," said team player Darrion Burnett.

Bishop Frederic Williams says more than 3,000 boys and young men from around Georgia hit the court. Three age group brackets battled for the ball at ASU's HYPER Gym. Hoopfest helps Dougherty High Junior Montavious Heath stay out of trouble.

"I want to change my life around and I don't want to be like some of me friends who have dropped out of school."

Bishop Williams started Stop The Violence when a man murdered his 58-year old sister Johnnie Williams last December. He wants all young men to understand committing crimes affects families, victims, and the community.

"If we can prevent this from happening, of course we can't prevent all crimes, but if we can prevent generations coming that would be great."

He says it's important to instill this message while these guys are young so they can be ahead of the game when they do grow up.

"I want to do well and have my family on my back," Heath said.

More than 120 agencies including law enforcement, county, and city officials helped to stop the violence which is a message that want to be a slam dunk not just this weekend but for good.

This is first Hoopfest, but organizers of the Stop the Violence movement  plan to have an even bigger event next year.

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