ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany sports organization is bringing the community together through basketball hoping to stop the violence.
Albany Elite Sports is holding their 6th annual All-Star Weekend. Friday night, they kicked the weekend off with their first "Stop the Violence Community Heroes' Basketball Game."
A tip off starts the "Stop the Violence Community Heroes" basketball game as community leaders show off their skills and shots.
"I would say that I'm in fairly good shape, however, as far as basketball shape I haven't picked up a basketball in about five or six years," said Kris Morrill, World Camp Crossfit Owner.
"Unfortunately I missed practice because I was in court, but this is going to be fun," said Ingrid Driskell, Attorney.
Firefighters, Police Officers, News Personalities, School Officials, Judges and Attorneys like Criminal Defense Attorney, Ingrid Driskell, were a few of the leaders to participate in Friday's game.
"I am in the forefront of all of the violence that goes on in the city dealing with obviously criminal defendants and their victims and something needs to wake everybody up here," said Driskell.
Driskell says many of the people committing violent crimes are adolescents.
"It's always the young ones committing the violent crimes," said Driskell. "The ones that are no longer in school, cutting school, dropping out of school."
Organizers say it's important to recognize those making a difference in the community.
"We want to let everybody know that it's so important to recognize that our hometown heroes truly make a difference right here in Albany, Georgia," said Dr. Gistacy Brown, Albany Elite Sports Vice President.
Driskell hopes that their participation in the game will catch the attention of those watching them.
"I'm hoping that them seeing us out there unified will spark something in them and they'll want to make a change," said Driskell.
The All-star Weekend has 12 events in two days with more than 400 student athletes participating. You can get tickets for Saturday's events at the door or at Athletes Foot.
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