A Dunk For A Difference basketball event is taking place at the Robert Rowley Park in Bellport on Saturday at 9 a.m. for players ages 16 and under.
The event is a collaboration between Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco, Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Suffolk County Police Athletic League and the Bellport Boys and Girls Club.
According to a release from Calarco's office, it is organized to address the growing concern over a gang presence at the park. Calarco said in the release that the tournament came about when Bellport residents complained to his office about the gang activity led him to meet with the .
"From those meetings came the idea to hold this tournament to reclaim the park and re-establish it as a safe place for families," Calarco said in a statement.
Around 96 players from the Bellport area are expected to come play at the event.