By DAPO staff

On April 21, professional football players along with the Invictus Foundation held a free community event called Pro Players Day at Sacramento City College. Pro players along with Invictus staff and community leaders teach 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. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Youth Gang Diversion Program, along with Division of Adult Parole Operations Sacramento Parole, provided security and ensured a safe educational experience for the kids participating in the program.

DAPO parole agents along with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department work collaboratively to build community partnerships and provide a positive relationship between community kids and local law enforcement.

Parole Agents Ken Madan, Ryan Murphy, Dan Silva 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 our 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. DAPO agents received great feedback from both the community and Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office. Overall, the day was very positive and helped build CDCR’s partnership with local law enforcement and the community.