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Some People In Philadelphia Are Bringing A Basketball Hoop Around The City To Help Ease The Unrest

Some People In Philadelphia Are Bringing A Basketball Hoop Around The City To Help Ease The Unrest

America has been in chaos for more than a week now following the killing of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin.

At times like this, sport can play a positive societal role to help people remember that more unites us than divides us. Unfortunately organised sport is on hold because of covid-19. Yet it was inspiring to see a group of people in Philadelphia bring sport to the protests as a way to ease tensions.

One of the group members, Khalil Gardner stood by a basketball hoop with a sign which reads: "I've always used basketball to try to bring people together! Today I feel is a day we need that most! I have hand sanitizer if you'd like to play."

The group's effort seems to have been effective, as numerous people were seen enjoying themselves while playing. A police officer was even recorded taking part, though his effort left a lot to be desired.

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The impromptu games have brought some badly-needed relief amid all the tension of the protests. The story was fortunately reported by Philidelphia journalist Nina Feldman after she had a chance encounter with the group.

According to Feldman, the mastermind behind the project was in fact a 26-year old woman named Stephania Ergemlidze. Perhaps it was all just an elaborate scheme by Stephania to show off her impressive skills. Here she can be seen here giving a police officer a good run for his money.

Sean Power

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