In an effort to increase the impact that these tournaments were providing, in 2014, the Noah’s Arc Foundation hosted the first annual One City Basketball Tournament at the United Center. This tournament showcased the positive power of basketball and, using #ChicagoStandUp, pushed the message that everyone in Chicago should stand up for peace. The tournament brought together youth from the south and west sides and promoted a message of peace, positivity, and mentorship. The tournament was a success, with the south side team winning by one point.
“It’s about helping people. At the end of the day, that, to me, is bigger than basketball.“
~ Joakim Noah