Chicago's professional sports teams pledge to work together to stop violence

Chicago's professional sports teams pledge to work together to stop violence

“For the first time ever, five Chicago teams are joining together to tackle a vital issue in our city — stopping violence,” read a tweet shared by the Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bulls, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. A video detailing the newly-formed Chicago Sports Alliance was included.

The video begins with Bears chairman George H. McCaskey stating that the idea was originally Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s as the teams look to lend “their broad reach and resources to address the issue of violence” in Chicago.

A $1 million donation of a one-time grant will support three violence prevention programs: University of Chicago Crime Lab, Chicago Police Department’s Strategic Decision Support Centers and Choose 2 Change Mentoring Program.

McCaskey notes in the video that all the teams have been doing separate activities to try and help in past years, but the hope is that collectively they can make a bigger impact and will continue doing so annually.

Previously, former Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was a vocal anti-violence advocate during his time in Chicago, involving Derrick Rose and creating PSAs encouraging Chicagoans to stand up.

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