The Dajae Coleman Foundation hosts the second annual DaeDaeWorld Weekend this Friday and Saturday, in memory of Evanston youth Dajae “Dae Dae” Coleman, who lost his life to gun violence in 2012.
The two-day event will feature activities that reflect the core values that shaped his life: family support, determination, and positive social interactions.
Spearheaded by Dajae’s mother Tiffany Rice, the foundation is driven by its mission to “Uplift, Encourage, Empower, and Reward” through this weekend of fun, activity, and remembrance.
The weekend celebrates Dajae’s too-brief life as a model student and athlete and seeks to build frameworks for continued positive reinforcement in the lives of Evanston youth.
With the theme “Living Well is Essential to Your Potential,” the weekend will opens Friday with a free family fun night of skating, arts and crafts, food and a live DJ.
Representatives of local organizations will be present to raise awareness of the services available to Evanston youth for future success.
The event will be held at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, from 7 to 11 p.m, for a night of peaceful fun and community bonding.
Saturday’s Family Fitness Day at Evanston Township High School focuses on Dajae’s love of athletics. Attendees have the chance to start their mornings with zumba, yoga, and Afrobics, a workout routine that combines aerobics with African instrumentation, or cheer on a team participating in an athletic “The Challenge” involving both mental and physical agility.
Later in the afternoon, Dajae’s longtime teammates, family and coaches will face off in a basketball game rematch, sure to energize and entertain crowds.
The first DaeDaeWorld Weekend drew hundreds of youth and adults in the weekend festivities, making it the foundation’s major annual event, and included an open mic and poetry session for community members to express their feelings about Dajae’s death.
During the year, the foundation also organizes tutoring programs for student athletes, summer reading initiatives, scholarships for high-achieving high school students, and a college readiness program.
More information is available online.