PHILADELPHIA, July 24, 2013 – Keeping the momentum and family-friendly energy rolling, state Sen. Anthony Williams will bring the latest installment of his signature “Neighbor to Neighborhoods: Summer of Peace” to the Vare Recreation Center in South Philadelphia on Saturday, Aug. 3.

The event, part of the senator’s multi-pronged violence reduction initiative, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include free food, games and swimming. It’ll also feature the next round of the accompanying youth basketball tournament. Tournament finals will be held on Aug. 10 at the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center.

Williams and his team fashioned this summer-long, community-focused series to underscore a major tenet of his violence reduction campaign: all kids must play. Through safe, organized play, children can learn and hone transferable skills such as team building, conflict resolution and goal setting – elements that can aid in smarter decisions and decreased street violence. Creating activities and safe places help to better protect the families and children of the 8th Senatorial District and across the city.

Key community sponsors for this event include WAWA, PECO, The Fresh Grocer and the West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhoods and Businesses.

Media coverage is encouraged.

WHO:             State Sen. Anthony Williams, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Rep. Jordan Harris

WHAT:          2013 Neighbor to Neighborhoods Summer of Peace event

WHEN:          10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3

WHERE:       Vare Recreation Center, 2600 Morris St.., Philadelphia