Video: Community celebrates local celebrity
Community celebrates local celebrity
Sun, 11 Jun 2017 03:24:57 +0000Community celebrates local celebrityCommunity celebrates local celebrityhttp://chic.clipsyndicate.com/video/playlist/12524/6954749?cpt=8&wpid=2637WCIAdanville"if it wasn't for this league, there would be a lot more deaths in danville than there are now"((aaron))today this city honored a man who encourages people to shoot hoops instead of shooting guns. hundreds gathered today at danville to honor bobo smalls. ((ty))several new basketball courts at garfield park were named after him.smalls is one of the three kings of peace-- and has been campaigning against violence in the city for years.and as w-c-i-a three's erick payne shows us-- this was about more than basketball. scott eisenhauer:: danville mayor"today, we officially dedicate the basketball courts here at garfield park as the nate bobo smalls honorary courts áapplause"many say bobo is a family man.the thing is, he treats everyone as family. bobo smalls: three kings of peace"all these kids you see off here to my left, these are my kids"he's a mentor to them. atavyon stewart:: danville "you can go to him about anything, other than basketball"cedrick wilson:: danville "more like a grandfather, grandson type of relationship"a few years ago, bobo started a basketball league.his goal was to help the city reduce violent crimes during the summer.cedrick wilson:: danville"this is a way we can all relieve stress without violence, we come to the courts and play basketball all day"tajoureion evans:: danville"it means a lot to me to be able to come out here and play basketball"he had some critics.bobo smalls:: three kings of peace "they told me it ain't going to work" but it worked.scott eisenhauer:: danville mayor "the result has been hundreds of kids each summer participating in this basketball league"cedrick wilson:: danville"if it wasn't for this league, there would be a lot more deaths in danville than there are now" bobo smalls: three kings of peace"we're trying to heal, we're trying to get everything back to the way it used to be" healing.one dribble at at time. ((ty))community members hope to see less violence as a result of the courts. ((ty))the three kings are still trying to spread peace in the community.they hold anti-violence marches every saturday at six o'clock.