|For Immediate Release
April 5, 2013
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
STUDENTS TO KICK OFF SECOND HALF OF 10TH ANNUAL SPRING YOUTH SOCCER CAMP
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) and the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP) continues the 10th Annual Spring Youth Soccer Camp (SYSC) next week for elementary school students. OCDA’s SYSC is an ongoing gang prevention effort to build self-esteem and encourage healthy and positive choices for young students. The 3-day spring break soccer clinic will begin from Monday, April 8, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, April 10, 2013.
The programs will be held at three different locations: Santiago Charter Middle School located at 515 N Rancho Santiago Boulevard, Orange; La Pata Vista Hermosa Sports Park located at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente; and Ernest O. Lawrence Elementary School located at 12521 Monroe Street, Garden Grove.
Children participating in the event include students from California Elementary, Ernest O. Lawrence Elementary, Esplanade Elementary, Handy Elementary, Las Palmas Elementary, Wakeham Elementary, Bernice Ayer Middle School, Santiago Charter Middle School, Shorecliffs Middle School and Yorba Academy of the Arts Middle School. Media are invited to attend all portions of the camp.
During the camp, approximately 40 students between 9 and 14 years old will attend one of the three locations and spend the mornings taking part in a fitness course and learning soccer techniques from volunteer coaches to improve their skills, health, and self-esteem. Students will then participate in afternoon educational workshops where they will have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and positive decision-making from police officers, a deputy district attorney, a district attorney investigator, educators, professional soccer players, and military personnel. Lunch will be provided at noon for the students by Chick-fil-A located at 2575 N. Tustin Street, Orange, 7-Eleven located at 12972 Nelson Street, Garden Grove, and McDonald’s located at 11097 Katella Avenue, Stanton, through donations from Stanton Boys and Girls Club, Lois Gensen of Wells Fargo, South Laguna Beach, David Silver-Westrick of Keller Williams, OC Coastal Reality, and Zuni Movers of Lake Forest.
District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Chief Robert Gustafson from the Orange Police Department (OPD), and Lieutenant John Coppock from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) will hand out Certificates of Achievement to the participating children on the last day of the spring camp.
The OCDA through OC GRIP, organized this event in collaboration with OPD, OCSD, and Orange County Youth Sports Foundation. OC GRIP aims to decrease gang activity through increased participation in schools and positive extracurricular programs.