CHICAGO (CBS) — Crowds headed to St. Sabina Parish in Auburn Gresham Saturday as the Peace Games got under way.
The basketball showdown features four teams from different neighborhoods – with NBA stars such as Bobby Simmons acting as their coaches.READ MORE: Judge Bars Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara From Encouraging Officers To Defy City's Vaccine Mandate
The goal is to break down barriers between the young men.
The Peace Games started in 2012. This is the ninth event.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Chilly Tonight, Sunny And Cool Weekend
After just three years, organizers went from bussing players because of gang territories to having mixed teams.
Leaders behind the games say they hope the camaraderie that started on the basketball court continues on the streets.MORE NEWS: No Cameras Will Be Allowed In Courtroom For Jussie Smollett's Trial
After previous successful games, the event has expanded to Atlanta, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Philadelphia.