CHICAGO – It was a really emotional experience for the families who lost loved ones.
Right before tip-off, members of the UIC women's basketball team presented signed basketballs to the families of two young victims of gun violence in Chicago: Amari Brown and Tyshawn Lee.
This was the idea of star senior, number 12 - Ruvanna Campbell who grew up on the West Side and was so touched by Amari's death she said she had to do something.
Today the team's warm-up shirts had the pictures of both children.
And in the stands there were many other families who've been touched by violence including relatives of 20-year-old Darius Lee.
He was gunned down last May. During halftime -- a local rapper performed his song, “Put the Guns Down” at the end of the game.
The families got to meet and pose for pictures with Ruvanna and she got to express her gratitude to them.
The UIC Flames lost to UW Milwaukee, 56-62.