Derrick Rose Stars In Joakim Noah’s PSA Against Gun Violence [VIDEO]

7-28-2014 3-14-08 PM

 “Stand up for no more killing”… is the powerful phrase heard repeated over and over again, despite the growing number of casualties due to gun violence.

Chicago Bulls star, Joakim Noah, and his charitable organization Noah’s Arc Foundation launched a 60-second PSA video encouraging Chicago residents to take a stand against gun violence and resolving conflicts in a peaceful manner.

The video titled “Stand Up Chicago” starred Noah with several influential leaders, youth and fellow teammate Derrick Rose as they promoted peace and positivity within the community.

A 3-year-old boy was shot on Friday, and an 11-year-old girl was buried on Saturday. At least 13 people have been shot over the weekend with the history of 47 shooting victims last weekend, including an 11-year-old girl shot by a stray bullet while sitting in her room.

The foundation also hosted its third annual Peace Basketball Tournament, which aims to unify 18 to 24-year-old “at-risk” men from different parts of the city and places them in teams to play basketball with one another.

“What I witnessed was different gangs, different religions and different kinds of people joining forces to address the problems that affect a community they all share,” reflected Noah on the tournament’s success. “I felt we accomplished our goal on a micro level for that one day, and hopefully the effects will stretch far beyond. I am completely humbled to have been a part of the Peace Tournament, and am even more inspired to continue to find ways that we can help these neighborhoods.”

Watch the #ChicagoStandUp video below, and click here for more information on how to get involved!

(Photo Credit: YouTube/ Stand Up Chicago)