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9/11/2013 3:30:00 PM
Empower Youth: DaeDae World Weekend

The Daje Coleman Foundation is sponsoring "DaeDae World Weekend" on Sept. 21 and 22 at Fleetwood Jourdain, 1655 Foster St., and Evanston Township High School, Beardsley Gym, 1600 Dodge Ave. Everyone is invited to attend.

• On Sept. 20, a Family Fun Night will be held at Fleetwood starting at 7 p.m., with an open mic, games and skating.

• On Sept. 21, a Basketball Skills Clinic will be held at ETHS Beardsely Gym at 10-11a.m. for Grades 6-8, and at 12:30- 2 p.m. for Grades 9-12. (Registration deadline is Sept. 20). A work ethic medal presentation will be held on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. At 4 p.m., Dajae’s friends and long-time teammates face off against Dajae’s coaches in a competitive basketball game at Beardsley Gym.

DaeDaeWorld Weekend is being established this year to honor the memory of Dajae Coleman. Dajae, affectionately called "Dae Dae," was known in the Evanston community as a model student and athlete. Family and friends were a central part of his life. Tragically, Dajae lost his life to gun violence in September 2012. Deeply impacted by Dajae’s death, the youth in the community were left searching for meaningful ways to commemorate his life. DaeDaeWorld Weekend seeks to unite the community through an annual weekend of events that promote the core values that shaped Dajae’s life: family support, determination, and positive social interactions. The event will not only allow the community to engage in activities that highlight Dajae’s love of family and sports, but will lay the framework for positive reinforcement in the lives of youth.

For additional details on the weekend events, including information about registration, times and costs, visit

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