UIC women’s basketball team to play anti-violence game in honor of gunned down kids

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CHICAGO -- The killing of a Chicago boy lit a fire under a UIC Flames star basketball player. She is looking to score much more than points at Saturday's game.

Ruvanna Campbell first bounced the idea off her teammates and coaches, months ago. On Saturday it's happening.

The UIC Flames women's basketball team will play a "Stop the Violence" game on their home court

Sparked by the death of 7 year old Amari Brown and countless others in Chicago, this is personal for Ruvanna. She grew up on the city's West Side; one of her friends was gunned down outside Crane High School while she was practicing inside.

Ruvanna's a star, averaging a double/double this season. And she's got a pretty good shot at jumping into team history as the first UIC Flame ever selected in the WNBA draft.

Amari's family is expected to be in the stands, along with the family of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. During halftime Ruvanna's boyfriend, a local rapper, will perform a song called “Put the Guns Down.”

The game is Saturday at 3 p.m. against the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee at the UIC Pavilion.