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About SSDT

South Shore Drill Team uses the performing arts to engage inner-city youth throughout their critical teenage years, mitigate the dangers of gangs, drugs, and violence, and guide members towards completing their education and becoming responsible citizens.

In 1980, Chicago public school teacher Arthur Robertson founded South Shore Drill Team to offer a positive and creative outlet for inner-city youth. What began with four neighborhood children twirling wooden rifles has grown into a nationally-known organization that performs at more than 100 events and serves more than 300 young people ages 8 to 21 every year.