A few kids in Philadelphia, Stephania Ergemlidzea and Khalil Gardner, were spotted dragging this hoop around town trying to get people to ease the tension.
The goal was to get people to come together over a game of basketball, both protesters and police officers alike, and it looks like it worked. Here’s a message from Stephania:
Today, with the help of my friends, I brought my hoop around Philly to try to bring our city together. I’ve done this in the past and I’ve seen how it unites people and how much positivity it spreads so I wanted to try to do it now to spread love during these times the one way I know how, through basketball. I am a strong believer in sports uniting everyone and I thought it was worth trying. However, I also wanted to make sure that we weren’t distracting from the main cause, but instead highlighting why love is important and why we should love each other and build each other up as a whole community, and show a positive side of what the protests are all about, they are so much more than just looting and rioting like we’ve been seeing, it’s about people coming together to work together to do what’s right.
They convinced a cop to play – his colleagues had to remind him to put his gun away before he took some shots. A couple others yelled for him to stop. pic.twitter.com/TC3dqYRDP6
To all Khalil’s fans, the mastermind behind this project is Stephania Ergemlidze. I watched her school dude after dude one-on-one. Sorry I am just now giving her credit where credit’s due, just got home after a long one out there. pic.twitter.com/XLZomQupid
Ran across this scene today of a sheriff's deputy playing 1-on-1 with a 26-year-old Philly woman who is walking around the city with a hoop and offering a respite from these difficult times – her instagram is @stephaniaepic.twitter.com/tWhmBHYOmB