RICHMOND -- Organizers hope a three-on-three basketball tournament and community party at Booker T. Anderson Park on Sunday will help reduce neighborhood violence and rekindle the city's tradition of cross-neighborhood sports competitions.
The third annual Call to Action event is expected to draw hundreds to the south Richmond park.
"Sports have always been a magnet to bring people together in Richmond," said Michelle LaFlue, a local minister and the event's lead organizer.
The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Three-on-three basketball tournaments for boys and girls are the big draw, along with free food and music. Players must be age 16 or older. Gift certificates will be given to winners, LaFlue said. The police department is one of the event's sponsors.
"Sports teams and athletic competition is part of Richmond's legacy that we want to recapture," said Michelle Milam, a violence-prevention specialist for the Richmond Police Department.
Interested players can call 415-819-6791 for more information or register at 10 a.m. Sunday.