NBA players Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose, Ben Gordon, Will Bynum, Jannero Pargo and more showed up for the 2nd annual Peace Tournament at St. Sabina’s Church gymnasium in Chicago over the weekend. Noah acted as an honorary coach as neighborhood rivals became teammates for the day for a basketball tournament. The event puts players of opposing gangs together as rivals on the court rather than the street in an attempt to find common ground and put an end to violence in the city.”It’s bigger than just today. After you get off the court you got to carry that same message into your neighborhoods, you got to plant that seed of peace,” Bobcats’ Ben Gordon told the group of young men.
“This Peace Tournament is the realest thing that I have done since I got to the NBA,” Noah told reporters.