From YouTube: NewsMakers; Gang Prevention Soccer
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As the world cup swung into action in south africa, washington and lee high school was the scene for our very own special soccer tournament, but instead of playing for national pride, the stakes for arlington's tournament was the health and wellbeing of our children. But this was the twice annual. Don't lose yourself in a gang tournament, sponsored by arlington's gang prevention squad.
Our gang task force was established in 2003, and one of the things that came out of the gang task force are these tournaments that started in 2005 and the soccer tournaments target our at-risk and gang-involved youth to inspire them. We keep kids occupied, they're being productive and at the same time we plug them in to the services and programs that exist here in the county. uh That's one of the reasons why we invite parks and recreation.
We started having these tournaments in 2005 and we have have them twice a year, one right before school ends in june, and we also have a back to school tournament in the fall. That's when we tend to see gang recruitment. As we see a lot of kids transition from elementary to middle school middle to high school and the more involved, they get the less trouble that they will get in and it's very true, you know you increase the protective factors. You will decrease the risk factors.
An opportunity to exert their leadership to evolve and to, at the same time, put their energy into something, really positive and constructive and then have them develop their soccer skills too. So maybe some of these kids might be the next world cup player for the u.s national team. You never know, and it shows that we value them and we care for them. We want them engaged in constructive activities.