Elmira Community Wants Kids to Shoot for Success

- ELMIRA, N.Y (18 NEWS) -- With a new school year beginning, the Elmira community wants kids to shoot for success.

The Elmira/Corning National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and local organizations hosted a day of free food, music, and entertainment at Ernie Davis Park on Saturday to encourage kids to stay in school.

Kids from the "Program of P.E.A.C.E" basketball league came out to play in their final championship game of the summer.

Co-founder of the program, Willie Owens, said the program was started to let kids know education comes before all.

"Our whole focus is education first. We show kids you can have fun, do things...but you have to buckle down for school. The NAACP is giving a school supply away for free,” said Owens.

Owens also said the "Program of P.E.A.C.E" basketball league honors Reverend Leo Hughey Jr., who gave up the opportunity to play professional basketball to pursue his vision to become a minister.

Owens said the kids in the program are told education comes before, during, and after basketball.

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