The rate of violence in the United States is alarming. The youth violence in Chicago, the home of Mary’s Court, is an epidemic. Mary’s Court is passionate about reducing youth violence, which is why we are working to build safe outlets for kids and create safe spaces for gangs to communicate with each other.
“Over the years, communication and sports and play have broken down racial and cultural barriers. We believe that once kids who might be at risk get to know each other and play sports together, the murder rate will drop. In fully functioning parks and schools, we can win their hearts and minds and create safe places for them to interact with each other.”
– Isiah Thomas
Mary’s Court has worked closely with anti-violence activist Father Pfleger of St. Sabina Church in Chicago. In 2012, Diane Sawyer joined Isiah Thomas and Tio Hardiman at a town hall at St Sabina with rival gang members to discuss the crime epidemic in the city. “We came to listen and what we heard I think is so powerful, and I really do believe the first thing we have to do is wake everybody up again and to the help that is needed,” Sawyer told ABC7.