It is no secret that today’s economically and socially at risk urban teenagers -especially boys- are just as likely to get involved in criminal behaviors and go to jail as they are to graduate from high school and become productive adults. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, most of which are beyond teenagers control. Juvenile crime rates are reduced in neighborhoods where sports-based youth development programs are improving the leadership, teamwork and self governance skills of at-risk youth.
The Second Chance Football Program, an initiative spearheaded by our Sports Director Mr. Sowerby Gomes, will provide skills-based, team focused and learning-rich training. This program will ensure that our youth are engaged in positive programs and away from drugs, going to jail or worse. Sports enable our youth to make better choices, improve self-awareness, goal setting and conflict resolution skills. It is our hope that this program will also teach our youth sportsmanship and healthy competition.