DaeDaeWorld Weekend

The Dajae Coleman Foundation (DC3F) will be hosting the second annual DaeDaeWorld Weekend from September 19-20, in memory of Evanston youth Dajae “Dae Dae” Coleman, who tragically lost his life to gun violence in 2012.

The two-day event will consist of activities that reflect the core values that shaped his life: family support, determination, and positive social interactions.

Spearheaded by his mother, Tiffany Rice, DC3F is driven by its mission to “Uplift, Encourage, Empower, and Reward” through this weekend of fun, activity, and remembrance. The weekend is simultaneously grounded in the past and the future: celebrating Dajae’s ephemeral life as a model student and athlete, and building frameworks for continued positive reinforcement in the lives of Evanston youth.

Headlined under the theme, “Living Well is Essential to Your Potential,” the weekend will premiere 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 and sports community. 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.

The first DaeDaeWorld Weekend drew hundreds of youth and adults in the weekend festivities, making it DC3F’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, DC3F makes strides in education through tutoring programs for student athletes, summer reading initiatives, scholarships for high-achieving high school students, and a college readiness program.    

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Charles Bartling

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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