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Program of P.E.A.C.E. Hosts Basketball Classic

Program of P.E.A.C.E. Hosts Basketball Classic
ELMIRA (WENY) -- It was Elmira vs. New Jersey this weekend for Program of PEACE's first ever Basketball Classic at Ernie Davis Park.
     The tournament was to honor and remember an Elmira Community Leader.
     "We're actually honoring a great man and native of Elmira, Reverend Leo Hughey Jr," said Willie Owens, Co-Founder of Program of P.E.A.C.E. "And we're just honoring him for these kids to do something positive like playing basketball."
     Reverend Hughey was given the opportunity to play professional basketball twice but gave up that dream to pursue ministry at the Faith Temple Community Church of God in Christ in Elmira.
     And to recognize what he did for the city, leaders at Program for P.E.A.C.E. joined with leaders in Newark to spread Positive Education; which is something the late reverend was determined to do.
     "We want the kids to know that although you make mistakes, that doesn't have to be your life," said Troy Council, Co-Founder of Program of P.E.A.C.E. "You can always bounce back and change things to the positive."
     Kids from Elmira interacted with kids from Newark for some friendly competition but also to learn from each other.
     "It helps them to build strong networks and build strong foundational networks and it gives us the opportunity to ultimately have fun," said Patrick Council, who brought over 60 kids from Newark. "To show our kids that there's nothing wrong with having fun as long as we do it in the spirit of good nature and good fun."
     So, It was all lay ups and three pointers for PEACE.
     "Every saturday, we come out and support Leo Reverend Hughey because he gave up his chance to play professional basketball," said Elijah Evans of Elmira.
     "I like that you can relate to everybody," said Joscelyn of Elmira. "They're like family."