Crime Lab Amid gun violence crisis, all 5 Chicago pro sports teams funding therapy, mentoring program for at-risk youth
Fox News / August 19, 2018
By Frank Miles
Although Chicago’s gun violence crisis seems to have no end in sight, many of its communities are aiming to mend the crime-stricken city and chart a new path forward together — starting with its kids and their sports heroes.
Last December, the Windy City’s five professional sports teams formed the Chicago Sports Alliance to fund a multipronged approach to curb violence.
A youth program called “Choose 2 Change,” as WLS reported, is funded through a $1-million donation from the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox. Its mission is investing in public safety: to get kids therapy and mentoring before they commit violence. The alliance partnered with the University of Chicago Crime Lab, which evaluates crime reduction strategies.