|For Immediate Release
April 9, 2009
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
STUDENTS TO LEARN SOCCER SKILLS AND LIFE LESSONS IN GANG PRVENTION PROGRAM DURING 6TH ANNUAL SPRING YOUTH SPORTS CAMP
SANTA ANA – The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) will host the 6th annual Spring Youth Sports Camp next week for approximately 40 elementary school students as part of an ongoing gang prevention effort to encourage healthy living and positive choices. The 3-day spring break soccer clinic and criminal justice program begins Monday, April 13, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. and concludes Wednesday, April 15, 2009, with student participants from Olive Street, Thomas Jefferson, Ester Walter and Robert M. Pyles Elementary Schools. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Anaheim Police Deputy Chief Craig Hunter and a representative from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will distribute Certificates of Achievement to the children on the last day of the spring camp. The program will be held on the shared field at Olive Street and Thomas Jefferson Elementary Schools in Anaheim.
Approximately 40 students, ages 9 to 12 years old, will spend the morning learning soccer techniques from volunteer coaches to improve their soccer skills, health, and self-esteem. In the afternoon, students will participate in educational workshops where they will have an opportunity to learn about law enforcement and positive decision making from police officers, a deputy district attorney, Community Service Program, Inc. educators, and other professionals from law enforcement agencies.
The OCDA Government and Community Relations Unit organized this event in collaboration with the Anaheim Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP) committee. GRIP aims to decrease gang activity through increased participation in schools and positive extracurricular programs. This Spring Youth Sports Camp is sponsored by the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping instill a sense of hope, opportunity and accomplishment in our community’s youth.