Former Harlem Globetrotter Takes a Stand Against Youth Violence


Dr. Mildred McClain of Harambee House is pictured with Larry “Gator” Rivers.
Dr. Mildred McClain of Harambee House is pictured with Larry “Gator” Rivers.

Basketball legend, Larry “Gator” Rivers spoke at a press conference organized by Tools for Change Savannah, a project coordinated by The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) and funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to engage ordinary citizens in communitybased participatory research.

The press conference held Friday, November 6th was part of the 2nd Annual Fall Lead Awareness Carnival that took place at 618 W. Anderson Street. Coach Rivers also announced the launch of a basketball program – in partnership with The Harambee House, Inc./Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) and the West Broad Street YMCA – as a means of enhancing protective factors that help prevent Youth violence in Savannah.

“Collecting data on the correlation between environmental pollutants and violence will help communities understand the detrimental effects of lead poisoning and other types of environmental health hazards on youth. The creation of violence prevention programs like that of Coach Rivers is a logical next step in our helping youth and the community take responsibility for changing policies and programs that address these crucial issues,” said Anees Fardan, a staff member at The Harambee House, Inc../Citizens for Environmental Justice (CFEJ) and Project Coordinator of Tools for Change Savannah.

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