From the Southside to the Westside: Rock Your Drop on the Block

In an effort to create a safer summer for our Chicago youth two female police officer’s Janice Wilson and Oneta Sampson had the opportunity to take 22 kids from the Englewood community to participate in the Noah’s Arc Foundation, Rock Your Drop on the Block event with former Chicago Bulls basketball player Joakim Noah and his mom Cecilia Rodhe.

Police Officers are improving the way community engages the police by providing positive opportunities for the youth and beyond. Strengthening community and police relations is our daily mission and working with our community partners helps us to achieve that goal, which ultimately helps to curb violence.

The 2nd annual event was held on Thursday, August 3, 2017. We began with a peace march at Major Adams located at 125 N. Hoyne Avenue and ended at the Marillac House, located at 2859 W. Jackson Boulevard. The youth participated in several activities from playing basketball in the street with Noah himself, to enjoying several on stage song and dance performances by Chicago youth.

The kids really enjoyed this unforgettable experience. They never thought that they would be this close to a basketball player.

From the Southside to the Westside. Showing our youth how to stand for peace and non-violence no matter where you are.

Thank you Joakim Noah for walking and talking with our kids!

Noah’s Arc Foundation focuses on developing the confidence and fostering the passion that exists within every child by way of arts, sports and community outreach. To learn more visit


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