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Community basketball game held in Elkhart as part of stop the violence events

A basketball game was held to show a positve community image to children A basketball game was held to show a positve community image to children
ELKHART - After holding a vigil on Friday night, Divine Emagination Event Planning continued to host a stop the violence weekend with a basketball game. It was called the Put the Heart Back in Elkhart Game.

Over 200 hundred people came to the Tolson Center in Elkhart to watch the basketball game. One of the people in attendance was Elkhart native Ashlee Roundtree and her seven-year-old son. "He'll be able to look up to these people and maybe find something better to do than to rip around the streets if he ever were to," Roundtree said.

Mary Smith is an owner of Divine Emagination Event Planning. She says the game was meant to show children there is more than just violence in their city. "Just because you see it doesn't mean you have to do it. If you look towards that positive person, it might be your neighbor, someone at school, look to your left or right there are positive people in the community and there are people doing good," Smith said.

A majority of the people who played in the game were Elkhart natives which included Anthony Kyle. He is a Elkhart Central High School graduate who helped bring all the players together. "It was a no-brainer for me. I love my community. Always love to give back and I've always ran camps here in the summer so it was a no-brainer,” Kyle said. “It was my duty to reach out and see what I could do to bring something to the table."

There was money collected at the front door as well as raffle tickets sold. Smith says the money will go to a charity but one has not been decided yet. She wants to make sure the money goes to a good cause that will ultimately help children, just like the basketball game.

"We just want to give the children a bright, uplifting spirit to know 'hey I have a chance and I can do something positive too,'" Smith said.

This was the second event to raise violence awareness put on by Divine Emagination Event Planning. The owners are planning to host their next event in Gary.

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