Local community organizations join forces to fight gun violence

Any common-sense effort to stop gun violence is badly needed. With a growing number of shootings and deaths from ghost guns and other forms of firearms, this country is facing a crisis that affects big cities as well as small towns across the country.

The National Association of Each One Teach One, led by Bob McCullough, and the Harlem Congregation for Community Improvement, led by Dr. Malcolm Punter, collaborated to host a four-day high school basketball tournament that ended on last weekend to draw more attention to limiting gun violence in New York communities.

Held at the Edward A. Reynolds Campus on West 102nd and Amsterdam Avenue, the Each One Teach One Winter Invitational saw eight local schools participate in the event: A. Phillip Randolph, Edward R. Reynolds, Frederick Douglass Academy, Harlem Village Academy, Global Commerce, Manhattan Center, St. Raymond, The Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce.

Manhattan Center, led by Tournament MVP Angel Severino’s 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals, won the championship, narrowly beating St. Raymond (Bronx) 63-62. Severino’s late field goal gave Manhattan Center the lead. St. Raymond had a chance for a win but missed a potentially game-winning shot.

Jaron Bloomfield won the sportsmanship award, dropping 18 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.