Champions of Sport and Community: Wayne Ellington Pays Tribute to his Father and Basketball

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Wayne Ellington, current shooting guard for the Brooklyn Nets, lost his father to senseless gun violence in Philadelphia. Since this tragic event, Ellington has remembered his father through the game they both love and share – basketball. As a Champion of Sport and Community, Ellington is now using basketball to unite communities and advocate for peace.

Wayne Ellington at the Chicago Peace Games

Last September, Ellington joined Connor Sports and St. Sabina for the Fourth Annual Chicago Peace Games. He bravely shared his loss with the St. Sabina community and Peace Games participants. Ellington used the event as an opportunity to show that gun violence is a problem that impacts more than just one city. He shared his personal experience in hopes his loss would resonate with players, youth and the community, and demonstrate the enduring nature of community and sport when confronted with loss and animosity.

Please take a moment to read about Ellington’s loss and his dedication to decreasing gun violence through the uniting nature of sports. 

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