Summer Basketball League and Youth Memorial
Strides for Peace sponsors Diane Latiker’s summer-long basketball program. Fueled by devoted volunteers and bringing together 300 young people, many of whom might be enemies if they met on the street, KOB’s summer basketball league engages young people at-risk of violence and provides them with a path to a better future. Strides also supports KOB’s beautiful memorial to youth killed by gun violence, a powerful reminder of what is at stake when bullets fly. Diane’s inspirational work was recently featured in the Great Big Story short documentary.
About Kids Off the Block
Kids Off the Block (KOB) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by Diane Latiker who opened her home to youth in her community to help them steer away from the negative influences they saw daily. KOB works with youth, teens, and young adults ages 12-24 years old, offering homework help, mentoring, activities and a “safe place.” Starting out with ten youth from the neighborhood, almost 12 years later, KOB has serviced over 2,000 participants since its inception.