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OCDA hosts annual Spring Youth Sports Camp

April 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) is hosting the 7th annual Spring Youth Sports Camp for elementary school students as part of an ongoing gang prevention effort to build self-esteem and encourage healthy living and positive choices.The three day spring break soccer clinic and criminal justice program began Monday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m. and concludes Wednesday, April 7.

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 is being held at Robert M. Pyles Elementary School in Stanton and will include students from Danbrook, Hansen, Robert M. Pyles, and Walter Elementary Schools.

During the camp, approximately 40 students between 10 and 11 years old will spend the mornings learning soccer techniques from volunteer coaches to improve their soccer 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 and district attorney investigator, Community Service Program, Inc. educators, a probation officer, military personnel and professionals from other participating law enforcement agencies.

The OCDA Government and Community Relations Unit has 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.


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