By the Division of Adult Parole Operations
The National Football League (NFL), along with the Invictus Foundation, put on a free community “Pro Players Day” event at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove on March 18. The Division of Adult Parole Operations, partnering with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, provided security for the event.
Pro NFL players along with foundation staff and community leaders put kids, ages 5-14, through fundamental football drills, imparting life lessons on character, the impact of choices and how to be a champion in football, academics, and life. All while participating in high active, encouraging, and fun filled football drills.
The Sheriff’s Department, Youth Services Gang Diversion Program, along with DAPO’s Parole Agents Tony Torres and Clint Cooley, provided security and ensured a safe and educational experience for the kids.
Through the use of athletics and in particular, football, the Invictus Foundation is determined to teach youth the value of working hard, facing challenges, and striving for what they want to obtain, in this case a healthy and active lifestyle.
Kids participated in multiple drills on the field through training and motivation from coaches, local law enforcement, and community leaders. Throughout the day, the volunteers were able to speak with community leaders, parents, and the kids about the impact of poor choices such as drugs and gangs.