06/08/2010
My Voice My Community
Cooke kids take on Cozen lawyers in a game of hoops

Game time: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 10th, Cozen PAL

Come cheer on attorneys at Cozen O'Connor courageous enough to square up against 8th graders at Jay Cooke Elementary School in a basketball game to raise money and awareness for a program that combats teen violence.

The game, which starts at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 10th, at the Cozen PAL (Police Athletic League), 732 N. 17th Street, Phila., 19130, is the culmination of Leslie Greenberg's 8th grade class's Need in Deed service-learning project on teen violence.

The students are raising money for a classroom partner who visited earlier in the year. Joe Davis is the victim of gun violence. Confined to a wheelchair, Joe now works for Magee Rehabilitation Hospital's "Think First" program, which introduces young people to the consequences of gun violence. He counsels young victims of spinal cord injuries and shares his stories with local teens, like the students in Leslie Greenberg's class. Proceeds from the game will go to "Think First."

“Some kids think school is a waste of time,” says 8th graders Atinera. “So they cut school and get in with the wrong crowd.”

“If they don’t do well in school, they think they’re failures and then drop out,” adds Angela.

The topic of gun violence is one that touches the students' lives, as many of them revealed when they read aloud their persuasive essays earlier in the year. Many know young people who have died at the hands of gun-wielding teens and gang members.

Support the students in their efforts to affect change.

Tickets are $3 at the door.

Thanks to Cozen O'Connor and PLUS (Professional Life Underwriting Society) for their generous sponsorship of the event.