A group of youth scored big at the Toronto Police Games at Downsview Park, in partnership with DRPS and the ProAction Cops & Kids soccer program.
Fourteen students from West Lynde Public School in Whitby joined DRPS officers at the Hangar at Downsview Park on Saturday, June 4, to perfect their soccer skills at a ProAction Cops & Kids soccer clinic.
The clinic took place at the 132nd annual Toronto Police Games, and was led by Toronto Football Club academy players and coaching staff. They led the kids in passing and scoring drills, and taught them about ball control and the importance of teamwork. The kids also dominated the field in a game against police officers.
"Proaction Cops and Kids allows police a really unique opportunity to get to know the youth in their community," says Cst. Angela Sitaram. "Our programs provide kids with opportunities that they otherwise may not have had access to, and help build relationships and mutual respect. The benefits are endless and the kids and officers take away so much from this."
The ProAction Cops & Kids soccer program started four years ago, and is led by DRPS members Csts. Corby and Sitaram, with help from Sgt. Iheme, who once played semi-professional soccer, and Sgt. Ganeshan. The program aims to connect cops with kids in the community, while encouraging physical activity and community involvement. Participants of the program have their equipment provided with funding from PADAN, and soccer balls provided by ProAction Cops & Kids.
The day was fun-filled for all involved and included activities like face-painting, bouncing castles, food and more. Thank you to everyone who made this opportunity possible for our community's youth.
For more information about ProAction Cops & Kids, visit their website here.
Cst. Sitaram and Sgt. Iheme with their team (JPG file, 369.2K bytes)
Sgt. Iheme teaches the kids a thing or two (JPG file, 4,230.6K bytes)