CHICAGO, Nov. 2, 2017 - The Vrdolyak Law Group is sponsoring the third annual LaVell Southern Holiday Peace Tournament, a youth basketball competition with the goal of fighting gun violence. The event takes place on January 13, 2018 at Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.
The tournament is named in memory of LaVell Southern who was a talented athlete in high school. Sadly, at age 23 he was shot and killed while simply standing on Randolph Street in Chicago's West Loop.
LaVell's murder shocked and saddened his former teammates and friends. One of them, Richard Russell, turned his grief into action by starting a non-profit against gun violence. The Russell & Clarke Youth Foundation, established in 2016, organizes competitive sports for young athletes.
"I started the youth basketball tournament because I wanted people from different communities to come together. When you play sports, you get a chance to work with others, to understand one another, to rely on them. You learn to solve problems together," said Richard Russell.
Richard Russell is an employee at the Vrdolyak Law Group. When the law firm learned of his efforts to fight gun violence, it joined in the cause.
"What our employee Richard has started is inspiring. Of course we are there to support him and the people he serves!" said Edward J. Vrdolyak, Managing Partner of the Vrdolyak Law Group.
The tournament consists of eight teams of ten players each, and is open to all high-school freshmen and young adults. One of the participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
This will be the third year that the Vrdolyak Law Group sponsors the tournament. Every year the law firm provides jerseys for all 80 team members in the tournament.
"We always try to help the youth. Getting them involved in competitive sports is one way we can do that," added Edward J. Vrdolyak.
For more information about the LaVell Southern Holiday Peace Tournament, visit Vrdolyak.com.
The Vrdolyak Law Group - founded in 1963, has grown into a Chicago legal landmark. It is recognized as a premier personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers' compensation law firm, with a team of 20 attorneys experienced in a wide range of other practice areas. The firm has three locations in Chicago, and is led by managing partner Edward J. Vrdolyak.