The inaugural installment of the Philadelphia Peace Games is set to take place this coming Saturday in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Hosted by Connor Sports and Philadelphia native Wayne Ellington, a new member of the Miami Heat, the gun violence prevention initiative is an example of using sports for education, empowerment, development and peace.
“My father was taken from us due to senseless gun violence. I will do anything I can to prevent other families from suffering through these tragedies, which are all too common. I was really moved at last year’s Peace Games in Chicago and I’m excited to make an impact in my hometown community.”
In 2012, Connor Sports assisted with establishing the original Peace Game in Chicago, in partnership with Father Pfleger of St. Sabina, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Isiah Thomas. The athletic flooring company has expanded the Peace Games platform to other cities throughout the United States.