What is our goal in the long run?
The mission of the Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization (TEAM TANK) is to decrease the violence in the community and increase awreness within. We do not discriminate against age, religion, sex, creed, disability or sexual orientation. We feel that no individual should ever be the victim of violent situations.
The vision of Team Tank is to create unity within the community by providing workshops, hosting community awareness events, mentoring youth and young adults as well as providing tutoring to ensure educational success. Our goal is to help deter juvenile delinquency and provide life skills for both youth and young adults.
Team Tank was founded on July 17, 2015 in North Little Rock, Arkansas by the family and friends of Aaron "Tank" Crawford. Aaron Crawford was an 18 year old high school graduate of North Little Rock High School that had aspirations of ending the violence that plagued his community and becoming a state trooper. Aaron Crawford was born on June 16, 1997 to April Nelson and Alvin Crawford. At an early age Tank, as he was fondly called, showed a hard working spirit, honesty, and integrity. He loved children and adults. When Tank was but a young child he wanted a bike, in order to earn money for the bike he collected cans. He eventually saved enough money to purchase the bike on his own. Tank was loved by many, the news of his senseless murder on July 9, 2015 rocked the communities of North Little Rock, Arkansas. Tank had recently traveled to Atlanta in order to put together #SMHTour2015 which came to Little Rock July 29,2015 in support of ending the violence across the nation.Tank kept on giving even in death, at the young age of 15 he became an organ donor. Due to his donation of his organs over six people receive life saving transplants. On the summer evening of July 17, 2015 over 2000 people joined together at Conley Park in North Little Rock, Arkansas to mourn the loss of Tank and to continue his legacy of ending the violence. The following morning July 18, 2015 over 1000 people once again came together to say their farewells, but, Tank was not done yet, during his funeral service over 80 people gave their life to Christ. Aaron "Tank" Crawford's legacy and work will both live on and continue through the Aaron Crawford Anti-Violence Organization.
Since Team Tank was founded over 4000 people have joined the fight. We have raised awareness by partnering with Second Baptist Church, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, North Little Rock Police Department, North Little Rock Parks and Recreation, Mayor Joe Smith and a host of others. You will see the members of Team Tank doing everything from participating in city wide events, holding garage sales, tutoring and mentoring, to providing for their community.