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The Chicago Sports Alliance, a charitable organization made up of five major professional sports teams in Chicago, committed $300,000 on Saturday to the Robb School Memorial Fund and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation to support “evidence-based solutions to gun violence.”
The Alliance was created in 2017 to “reduce armed violence” in the city of chicagoand the pledge comes days after an elementary school shooting in Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
“Twenty-one smiles lost in Uvalde, Texas,” the Chicago Sports Alliance said in a statement. “A few days before that, 10 smiles in Buffalo, lost. And sadly, in our own city, too many smiles were lost because of this same issue.
“It is our responsibility to those innocent lives lost to do more. We are committed to making a difference with the resources in our power to solve this epidemic of gun violence. Lives depend on it. This is not a game.”
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According to Chicago Blackhawks websitethe Chicago Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Blackhawks each contributed $50,000.
“Today, Chicago sports teams remember all the victims of gun violence across the country and the vibrant lives that were cut short at Uvalde,” the Alliance said in a statement. “The Chicago Sports Alliance is uniting to support the search for evidence-based solutions to gun violence with a collective commitment of $300,000 to the Robb School Memorial Fund and the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, a national organization in nonprofit whose mission is to end school shootings.”
Sports teams and leagues across the country called for change after the Uvalde tragedy.
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On Thursday, social media counts the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays teamed up to “offer facts about the impacts of gun violence” at their game in Tampa Bay.
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On Friday, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler told reporters he would refrain from appearing on the field for the national anthem in response to the shooting at a Texas school.
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“I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler told reporters. “That will be the step. I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle. It’s just something that I feel strong enough to take that step.”
Fox News’ Paulina Dedaj contributed to this report.