About Tayshana MurphyESPN.COM GRANTLAND.COM Writer Johnathan Abrams said it best, "Mention a court in New York City, West 4th, Rucker, Orchard Beach, they don't just know of Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy. They know her. She possessed that killer crossover and played "man strong," as Taylonn, her father, likes to say. Tayshana loved contact. "Babies," she called the girls who helplessly bounced off of her when she drove to the rim. She played taller than her 5-foot-7 and with a fierceness that contrasted against her gentle, hazel eyes." Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy was born on May 4, 1993 in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Tephanie Holston & Taylonn Murphy. Tayshana had Four Siblings: Robert, Tanasia, Taylonn Jr. and Deana. Tayshana gave her life to Christ on March 16, 2007, when she became a member of Progressive Baptist Church. Tayshana's Full Biography
Foundation Events [ VIEW ALL EVENTS ]The Ball N Peace Citywide Basketball Showcase is a round robin tournament including four (4) young women’s teams playing in honor of Tayshana “Chicken” Murphy and the other young people who have lost their lives to senseless violence. The purpose of the tournament is to showcase athletics with artistic talent to promote peace and exposure for the youth.
The showcase is played in two (3) different boroughs (Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens) at two (2) different venues that were essential in Tayshana's development in her gift of basketball. At the time of her passing, Tayshana Murphy was ranked #16 girls basketball player in the nation.
We begin the tournament in Brooklyn during the 1st week of August at Sternberg Park (aka Lindsay Park). The round robin tournament will continue for 3 days. We then travel to Manhattan or Queens for the Championship game at a location to be determined.
We have multiple performances by youth organizations during halftime of all the games. In between games we conduct tributes to families that are still striving to move forward after the loss of their loved ones. We hosted the Ball N Peace Championship Game at Queens Bridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens in August 2017. We have hosted the Ball N Peace All Star Game at Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem, New York in August 2015 and August 2016. We also hosted our Ball N Peace All Star Game in conjunction with the New York Liberty at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey in August 2013.
We are inviting parents and relatives that lost family members due to senseless gun violence. Our foundation volunteers will help coordinate bringing families to the event and setting up the venue. The event will also include vocal and dance music performances inspiring peace and community service award presentations.