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Charity basketball game aims to ‘Silence The Violence’

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Published on: Thursday, April 11, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

Youth group Men Aiming Higher will host a charity basketball match against the Men to Manhood program in an effort put an end to senseless violence and create a peaceful community for all.

The “Silence The Violence” game will be held at Suitland High School at 7 p.m. Friday, and there will be another game at 6:30 p.m. June 1at Central High School.

“While there has been a change in the lives of many of our youth, we have not scratched the surface to ensure that all of them have the life skills, character and hope to become outstanding men in our community,” said Darryl Barnes, president of Men Aiming Higher.

Both of these youth mentoring programs have provided stability to youth in Prince George’s communities. The groups share similar values and have collaborated to shift the outcomes of local children in need.

“We are excited about this opportunity to unite our community to reduce violence,” said Robert Malone, founder and executive director of Mentoring to Manhood. “We take this work seriously and we understand clearly that we can’t move our community forward unless we propel our young men forward. We want to do our part to help transform our communities.”

General admission for the event is $7. For students with a valid student ID, admission costs $2. All proceeds will support the local community through mentoring programs, youth services and outreach. These events will also include special guest appearances and a special halftime show.

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