SARASOTA - Two Suncoast-based pro football players are teaming up for a game of basketball to make a statement against violence.
Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields and Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will host a celebrity basketball game Friday night with the theme of "Stop the Violence."
Both grew up on the Suncoast – Shields attended Booker High School and Rodgers-Cromartie went to Lakewood Ranch High School -- and are now giving back to their communities.
The game will not only highlight an anti-violence message, but will raise money for youth programs at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex.
"A lot of crime been going on; not just this year, every day there's a lot of crime been going on. So we’re just here to voice our opinion and just telling everybody to stop the violence, get into books, listen to your parents, and use your resources. That's the main thing," says Shields.
The Stop the Violence celebrity basketball game tips off at 7pm at Booker High School's gymnasium (3201 N. Orange Avenue, Sarasota). Doors will open at 6pm, and tickets are $5 each and all of the proceeds will benefit youth programs at the Taylor Community Complex.