The Hoops & Dreams Project, a basketball tournament addressing gun violence on young black males in the community, will begin its 16th annual tourney 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Proctor Park in Utica.

The two-day event will conclude at 10 a.m. Sunday.

In case of inclement weather, the tournament will be moved to the Parkway Center in Utica.

About 100 players are expected to participate.

Along with gun violence, the Hoops & Dreams Project also addresses the value of education, drugs and alcohol among other topics.

On Saturday, guest speaker Geniene Harvey is expected to talk about the need for unity and how to create safer neighborhoods as a community. At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, a small group of mothers who have directly been affected by gun violence are expected to address the audience and players.

"The Hoops & Dreams Project was started for the purpose of addressing gun violence, particularly as it had a striking impact on young black males in our community," program director Patrick L. Johnson said in a news release. "Far too often the perpetrator and victims in the city of Utica are young, black and male. With that said, we don't want to see anyone of any racial identity hurt or affected by gun violence."