"One of the kids who played in the tournament last year, his uncle was a victim of it over these past couple of months," says tournament director JJ Cooley. "We definitely want to keep the message going that it's better to stay out of those things, gangs, violence, drugs, into more positive things, sports, school, things that will get you ahead in life. That's what we're looking for."
Enrollment for junior high and high school students is free up to the Memorial Day holiday. The tournament will be held on June 13.