West Side coaches uniting against violence

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Coaches from 10 West Side schools will meet on Thursday as a united front against violence in the community and “unveil their anti-violence grassroots campaign” according to a press release.

Basketball coaches from Westinghouse, Marshall, Farragut, North Lawndale, Young, Crane, Clemente, Providence-St. Mel, Raby and Collins will be on hand. Representatives from Lane, Kenwood, Prosser and Von Steuben will also be in attendance.

According to the release the campaign will include a “hoops summer league component with a rigorous early morning cross-training program. Most importantly it features conflict resolution workshops hosted by crisis counselors, community policing officials, and other professionals.”

The press conference will take place at 4 p.m. at Breakthrough Family Plex, 3219 W. Carroll Ave.

Speakers at the event will include Westinghouse coach Bill Curry, Von Steuben coach Vince Carter, Marshall girls basketball coach Dorothy Gaters, Young coach Tyrone Slaughter, Simeon coach Robert Smith, North Lawndale coach Lewis Thorpe and some players.

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