Hold The Ball

“Hold The Ball”

( Anti Violence Initiative)

A practical approach to stopping gun violence associated with summer basketball and empowering the community.

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Last year 2012 there were 25 shooting and 6 deaths associated with summer basketball. In May 2013 organizations came together to form a think tank to address this dimension of gun violence. Some organizations became involved because they were inspired by personnel stories others said enough was enough, and others said let’s be about doing something. As a result the think tank decided that something has to be done immediately So the think tank

came up with some common sense measures by demanding that every summer league

include an anti gun violence plan following the lead of so many tragic events like after September 11,every institution created an anti terrorist plan or after Newtown Conn ,every school created a gun violence plan. We recommend that plan include working closely

with the police and the community, never play a game after an incident in the neighborhood, listen to the vibe of the players and if you suspect gang presence hold the ball and reassess the situation. Also we decided to strengthen the community by sharing information that increases

their awareness.


August 7th-14 The Think Tank will launch its anti violence initiative called

“Hold The Ball”/ 7Days of Peace and empowerment

at Potomac Park in Brooklyn The mission is to show other basketball park programs how to implement a plan to keep your parks safe and empower the community. The event will feature ongoing basketball games , positive rap, arts, fitness demonstration and sharing of information.

On August 11th from 2pm-5pm, XMENTAL INC. will be hosting a community out reach day at Potomac park

that’s Halsey st. between tompkins and marcy ave.

The theme of the day is anti violence. This is just one day of a week long event.

There has been a lot of violence lately in the parks. Quite a few people have been shot and a few died.

The XMENTAL way is to mentor through the power of art.

I believe having you guys out there on the 11th painting live while the event is going on will be inspiring and empowering. We’ll be literally working with no budget. Everyone involved is donating their services and talent to make the week long event a success. Along with the live painting. We will have a sound system set up , young performers and other org’s working with XMENTAL that day will be on the mic talking to the people at hand. Other org’s will have stations set up and doing community outreach. we will have a DJ playing music in between acts and speakers.

There will be a memorial for  Treyvon and other who died due to unwarranted violence.

 I hope to see you that day blessing the park with your love and talent.


Think Tank Organizations: Black Men Who Care, Silver Truck Music inspired by the death of Antoine Wilson, Mothers Empowered. XMental, Feared Voices LLC, National Action Network.