Back in 2004, Snoop Dogg started the Snoop Football League for kids in California in efforts to help them learn the game, and to help lower the crime rate in the inner city.
Now, he’s expanding the franchise to Chicago. This year Snoop will add eight teems to a Chicago division of the league, hoping to promote teamwork and community spirit among the children in hopes that the crime rate will drop drastically.
Snoops efforts are the result of the 2009 death of Derrion Albert, an honor student who was brutally attacked and killed by a local gang.
Tonja Styles, who will be the head of the Chicago leage tells AllHipHop.com in an interview; “This is a great day for the youth of the city of Chicago. They deserve a real chance. And it’s a great day for hip-hop. When the Derrion Albert tragedy shocked the world and embarrassed this city, the hip-hop artists were the first to respond… because they come from the same conditions and challenges these kids are facing.”
“But it was Snoop who had a ‘real’ program that offers a ‘real’ alternative to the streets. We can’t continue to say, ‘Stop the Violence,’ and not offer something in its place.”