Joakim Noah loves Chicago. Despite being born and raised in New York the big center has been in Chciago ever since entering the NBA as a rookie in 2007 from Florida.
Well now the big man is taking a stand against something he cannot stand in his adopted hometown. The reigning defensive player of the year has gone on an offensive against gun crime and violence in Chi-Town.
As you can see above, Noah has released a PSA entitled "Chicago Stand Up" through his Noah's Arc Foundation in an effort to crackdown on the crime that is causing so much hurt to so many families.
Noah is calling on Chicagoans to "take a stand against violence and become ambassadors for peace and positivity."
Noah also went out to the community to say "It's very important that we understand that this is not (just) a problem that's going on on the South Side, the violence is not a problem that's going on on the West Side. This is a Chicago problem."
Severity of Problems
Here's the stats - according to reports - so you can get an idea of how bad gun crime is in Chicago right now:
"At least 13 people have been shot since Friday afternoon including a 13 year old and a 3 year old. Last weekend, the city had 47 shooting victims including an 11 year old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while sitting in a bedroom. Earlier this month on fourth of July weekend, 82 people were shot and 14 killed in Chicago."
Something needs to be done in Chicago, and Noah - alongside teammate Derrick Rose and rapper Common - are setting out to make a difference in the troubled town. If only more sport stars and role models were the same.