Philly girl using basketball to bring people together

Andrew Porter
June 03, 2020 - 12:26 pm

Stephania Ergemlidze is using basketball to bring people together in Philadelphia and it's working. 

On Tuesday, Stephania brought a portable basketball around the city. The result? Everyone began playing, cops and protestors, black and white. 

This tweet went viral. 

Here is the some of the video. 

APPRECIATE ALL THE LOVE ON THE PROJECT YALL! Like I said on Monday night, I just wanted to do something to spread love and bring people together the way I know how to best! I’ve been working on this project for the past year, hitting up cities with my hoop! Part one for the YT video from yesterday is dropping in 15 minutes! I have not slept yet haha... hope y’all enjoy! Ps best part of this clip...“You let her do that to you!” --

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"The main goal was to get the police and protestors working together and playing together which I am happy to say we saw glimpses of today!" she wrote on her "Balling For Justice" GoFundMe Page. "I don’t know if what I’m doing is the answer, but I’m hoping it can at least do some kind of good for my brothers and sisters of the POC community as well as the philly community as a whole."

Stephania is hoping to spread the basketball movement to other cities, like Baltimore. 

"I would like to continue to spread this message outside of philly as well," she wrote. "Was hoping to ask you all for help in funding our travels to other cities. With $2000 we could easily rent an suv and head down to dc, Baltimore, and newark staying in each city one day/night. And any leftover money, we would donate to other BML causes."

You can donate to her basketball movement here.