Two Philadelphia high school football rivals hold “Practice 4 Peace”

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In my mind, football is the ultimate team sport that brings people together to do great things. That’s what happened Thursday in Philadelphia where two rivals — Boys’ Latin and Frankford — got together to shine a spotlight on violence that has affected both high school football programs.

Both schools have had players killed by gun violence over the last couple of years, which is the reason behind Practice 4 Peace.

Frankford head coach Bill Sytsma told 3 CBS Philadelphia, “We had both lost players to gun violence, murder, and it just came in the conversation on we were talking ‘what is something we can do?’”

This was the second year in a row that the schools held Practice 4 Peace.

This year, for the second straight year, the two will square-off in the regular season on Thanksgiving morning. Boys’ Latin won last year 46-20

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.